Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

  • Our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Climate Change Mitigation Strategy were developed to guide Council's response to the effects of climate change in the Whitsunday Region.

    Whitsunday Climate Change Innovation Hub

    The Climate Change Innovation Hub was opened in September 2018. The Hub aims to develop real-world and innovative solutions to assist our Region in facing climate change challenges. The Hub will act as a think tank to reflect and transmit knowledge based best-practices to the wider community.

    The Climate Hub Advisory Panel is made up of both national and international climate related experts in the field of law, climate adaptation, finance, insurance, tourism and agriculture.

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  • Reef Guardian Council

    As a Reef Guardian Council, we are playing our part to support the ongoing health of the Great Barrier Reef. We have endorsed an Action Plan which aims to improve environmental outcomes for the Reef by managing our natural resources and increasing our capacity as a community.

    The Reef Guardian Action Plan is reviewed and updated annually.

    Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership

    We are one of 31 member organisations from across the greater Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac area which form the Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership. The Partnership seeks to deliver a range of objectives which support healthy waterways. Find out more the program on the Health Rivers to Reef Partnership website.

    Whitsundays Plan of Management

    The Queensland Government and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMPA) have developed a Plan to manage tourist visitation on the reef and island environments. Find out more about the program on the Whitsundays Plan of Management page.

    Local Marine Advisory Committees

    The Whitsunday Local Marine Advisory Committee (WLMAC) and the Bowen Burdekin Local Marine Advisory Committee are community reference groups which meet regularly to discuss a range of marine and tourist related issues. The LMACs are coordinated by GBRMPA and WRC is represented on both committees.