Frequently Asked Questions
Our Partners share a common goal – to provide a more complete picture of river health for the Fitzroy Basin. They support this goal by providing funding, resources and contributing water quality and ecosystem health monitoring data that they are already collecting through data-sharing arrangements. The data is assessed and compiled to produce annual report cards on the health of Fitzroy Basin waterways.
Frequently Asked Questions
With thousands of potential waterway health indicators available it is difficult to know where to start!
Fortunately CQUniversity have prepared a report card that outlines our approach to identifying and selecting ecological health indicators, thresholds and weightings relevant to the report card. This report has been a valuable source of information for the program design and provides all you ever wanted to know about indicator selection.
The Hart report was prepared following the 2008 floods and a subsequent cumulative impact assessment study both highlighted the need for an integrated monitoring and reporting system for water quality in the Fitzroy Basin.
Many organisations had already been advocating for the establishment of such a monitoring system, including Fitzroy Basin Association Incorporated (FBA), which recommended this action through its Fitzroy Basin Water Quality Improvement Report. Driven by the association, relevant monitoring organisations were approached and asked to form an alliance to address the lack of a cohesive monitoring program.
The benefits of sharing data and the desire to provide clear information in light of growing public concern led many organisations to sign on to the initiative.
We’ve asked our Partners to let us know why they are involved in the Partnership and the value they gain from being involved. To understand the many reasons our Partners came on board this strong collective, Major Partner Peabody Energy lists why they joined in 2012 – click here – and Partner CQG Consulting outlines a different perspective for joining – click here.
The community will benefit through access to accurate water quality and ecosystem health information, presented in a way that is understandable by all. In November 2014, the first Drinking Water Reports were released for Rockhampton and the Central Highlands, to complement the Report Card results grading the health of the rivers in the Fitzroy Basin. A grades were received for all townships tested, with in-depth data provided in our Drinking Water Reports section. Again in 2017-18 A grades were received for all townships in Rockhampton and Central Highlands, with some aesthetic exceptions evident.
While not directly involved in river management, report card results are designed to inform consideration of whether current management strategies are proving successful in maintaining the health of aquatic ecosystems. Please see our role of partnership diagram to understand our role in informing better river and catchment management.
The report cards will also help guide and improve a range of regional plans, such as the Central Queensland Sustainability Strategy and potentially guide investments towards improved aquatic ecosystem health by governments and all partner organisations