Mackay Regional Council recognised for commitment to the Reef

Published: 03/12/2014

Community environmental education campaigns and improved land, waste and water management initiatives are just some of the actions undertaken by Mackay Regional Council since 2009 to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Mackay Regional Council as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Councils program has been praised for their local environmental work.  

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Tourism and Stewardship Director Karen Vohland said all local actions, big or small, were important to the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

“A healthy and productive Great Barrier Reef is important to the lifestyles and livelihoods of people in the Reef coastal catchment,” she said.

“As local authorities these councils are well-placed to make real change —they’ve demonstrated an ongoing commitment to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Reef.

“Councils collectively have hundreds of programs that help reduce the impact of coastal communities on the Reef, for example catchment and water quality management, waste management and land management.”

The Reef Guardian Councils program encourages local councils and recognises the positive actions they are taking to improve the health of the Reef.

Mayor of Mackay Regional Council Deirdre Comerford said the council was committed to improving the health of the Great Barrier Reef and the catchment.

“We have been involved in the Reef Guardian program since 2009 and have been actively working towards improving our operations to reduce our impact on the environment and the Reef,” she said.

“We are also actively supporting local volunteer groups such as Friends of the Botanic Gardens, Mackay and District Turtle Watch and local landcare groups to improve the health of the Reef catchment.”

Mayor Deirdre Comerford said the Reef Guardian program provided many benefits to those involved.

“The program has given us recognition for the activities we have carried out to improve the health of the reef and allows us to source ideas from other councils for future initiatives,” she said.

“It also provides valuable links with other GBRMPA initiatives such as the Reef Guardian Schools Program.”

Fifteen councils from Bundaberg to Cooktown are recognised as Reef Guardians covering an area of more than 300,000 square kilometres and 900,000 residents.

Other active Reef Guardian Councils with more than five years of service to improving the health of the Great Barrier Reef and its catchment include:  Townsville City Council  
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council  
  • Burdekin Shire Council  
  • Cook Shire Council  
  • Isaac Regional Council  
  • Livingstone Shire Council  
Reef Guardian Councils form part of the larger Reef Guardian Program involving commercial fishers, over 300 schools and 25 farmers and graziers taking part in on-ground environmental projects that benefit the Reef.


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