Terrain Joins Reef Community Partnership

Dianne Mauloni
June 22, 2016

Steven Miles Qld Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection with Carole Sweatman Ceo Terraiin at launch of 'Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership'.

Steven Miles Qld Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection with Carole Sweatman Ceo Terraiin at launch of 'Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership'.

Steven Miles, Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, today announced the formation of the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership, an initiative of the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan. 

Organisations across the Wet Tropics are working together to enhance the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.   

“The Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership will help coordinate regional and community efforts to promote the health and resilience of rivers, wetlands, estuaries, coastal and marine environments in the Wet Tropics region,” Dr Miles said.

The Partnership involves industries, community organisations, academic institutions and governments across the Wet Tropics.

CEO Carole Sweatman said this was an important initiative and that Terrain NRM was committed to being a part of this partnership approach to provide locally relevant reporting and stories of the excellent work being done to look after waterway health.

“In Queensland the Wet Tropics is a major priority region for improving water quality and this new Partnership will help further target efforts by all sectors including urban areas, ports, tourism and agriculture. Collaboration is the key to improving reef health and this partnership and report card will really help underpin further positive relationships,” she said.

One of the aims of the Partnership is to coordinate the sharing of water quality data across organisations to better understand the health of the region’s waterways and help inform where expenditure is best targeted.

The Partnership will produce an annual Wet Tropics Report Card that will present scientific data about waterway health against an agreed set of indicators in easy to understand diagrams. This tool will help monitor progress being made to improve waterway health. The first one will be released at the end of 2016.

The Wet Tropics Report Card will align with other Great Barrier Reef reporting programs such as the Great Barrier Reef Report Card and Outlook Report.

For more information on this exciting program contact Terrain on 4043 8000.