- Thursday 22 October 2015
The Healthy Waterways 2015 Report Card results were released today, with good results for Sunshine Coast waterways providing some reward for the efforts of Sunshine Coast Council and the community.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council was committed to protecting and improving waterway health and the report card ratings provided a valuable indicator on how they were tracking.
“This year the monitoring program and report card have evolved to provide a deeper understanding of the current pressures on waterway condition,” Cr McKay said.
“The 2015 results for the health of our Sunshine Coast catchments - Maroochy and Mooloolah Rivers and the Pumicestone Passage - ranged from fair to good.
“We will continue working with our community to maintain and improve these grades into the future.
“The social and economic benefits ratings for all three catchments were amongst the highest in the region — and we’re proud of that.
“This shows our community are highly engaged with waterways and appreciate their benefits.”
Environmental condition grades and benefit star ratings for Sunshine Coast catchments
Cr McKay said that results for Sunshine Coast waterways were encouraging, however there was still more work to be done.
“Our council vision is to be Australia’s most sustainable region — we know that protecting and enhancing our environment is critical to support our diverse and growing economy,” she said.
“Through the Environment Levy, council has invested $1.4 million to strengthen partnerships with not-for-profit community groups and to support private landholders to deliver positive environmental outcomes.
“These partnerships with the community are important for the long term to maintain and improve the health of our local river systems."
- The 2015 grades are not directly comparable to previous years due to the evolved methodology used. The 2015 environmental condition grade includes the assessment of new indicators and the estuarine and freshwater results, which were previously graded individually, are now rolled into one overall grade per catchment.