The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP) proudly released the Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2015 on 1 February 2016. The report card was officially released by The Hon Dr Steven Miles MP in front of GHHP Partners and community members.
The Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2015 reports on the monitoring results of the environmental, economic, social and cultural health of the harbour.
The Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2015 is based on the results of the testing of 78 measures across the four components of harbour health between July 2014 and June 2015. This is a much wider data set and suite of indicators than what was seen in the Pilot Report Card 2014.
Overall the Gladstone Harbour report Card 2015 results indicate that the environmental health of Gladstone Harbour is a ‘C’, social health is also a ‘C’, economic health is a ‘B’ and cultural health is also a ‘B’.
For a copy of the 2015 report card, technical document and more detailed information, visit the ‘Report Cards’ section on this website.
GHHP is seeking feedback on the 2015 report card from the community and stakeholders; if you wish to be a part of this, go to the ‘Report Cards’ tab and click on the ‘Have your say’ button.
Environmental values (EVs) and water quality objectives (WQOs) for Capricorn-Curtis Coast region waters (including Gladstone Harbour), finalised in November 2014, are now included in Schedule 1 of the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009—the EPP Water.
Consultation on EVs was carried out from 2012 to 2014, including public release of draft EVs and WQOs in 2014. The Fitzroy Basin Association worked collaboratively with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in developing EVs for the Capricorn Curtis Coast region waters.
The waters include: the Styx, Shoalwater and Water Park Creek Basins, Keppel Bay, the Boyne, Calliope and Curtis Island Basins, including Gladstone Harbour, the Narrows, lower Fitzroy estuary and adjacent Great Barrier Reef coastal waters.
The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP) launched their Pilot Report Card on the December 4 2014 in the Leo Zussino Building at Central Queensland University. The Report Card is a culmination of 12 months of work by the Partnership that reports on the environmental, social and economic health of Gladstone Harbour.
The GHHP launch played host to industry, government and community representatives as well as dignitaries including Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell, Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham and Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers.
Overall, the Pilot Report Card results indicate that environmental health of the Gladstone Harbour is a ‘C’, social health of the Gladstone Harbour is also a ‘C’ and the economic health of the Gladstone Harbour is a ‘B’. Environmental results vary across the Harbour Zones with the best results appearing in the Inner Harbour and the worst results in Auckland Inlet.
The launch of the Pilot Report Card was followed by a Community Consultation Session run by GHHP where various representatives from community and environmental organisations were presented with details of the grades and findings.
The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership is seeking feedback from the community and stakeholders on the 2014 Pilot Report Card to improve the reporting process for the final version in 2015. Visit the GHHP website to view the Gladstone Harbour 2014 Pilot Report Card and to have your say, go to www.ghhp.org.au.
Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership are seeking proposals to develop a Citizen Science project with a focus in the Gladstone Harbour catchment (where there are information gaps and outside the current GHHP science projects scope), with community volunteers trained to undertake monitoring of the waterways and other natural resource management activities such as (riparian plantings, litter clean ups, community stormwater education, fish monitoring).
Further information can be found in the below scope of works.