Celebrating river stewardship

Stewardship is the responsible planning and actions taken by individuals or organisations to minimise the impacts on our waterways.

We applaud the organisations featured within this River Stewards section for their efforts, and invite you to learn about their projects and activities making a difference to our waterways, and ultimately the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.

Stewardship activities are important to protect and restore the ecological health of Fitzroy Basin’s rivers, wetlands, estuaries, coasts and marine environments.

Stewardship actions include:

  • Practices adopted by individual resource managers that will reduce impacts and protect or restore waterways, for example zero till cropping or fencing riparian zones
  • Industry or sector-based initiatives that reduce impacts, protect or restore waterways, for example grains and grazing best management practice programs or commitment as reef guardian councils
  • Government initiatives that reduce impacts, protect or restore waterways, such as Reef Rescue programs, regulation of mine site discharges and land use zoning, and
  • Community engagement and educational activities that reduce impacts, protect or restore waterways, including waterway monitoring and restoration of riparian zones.

Visit the following pages to discover in detail the projects underway: