Support for harbour partnership
ENVIRONMENT and Heritage Protection Minister Andrew Powell has welcomed strong support for the establishment of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership.
Mr Powell met with leaders of industry, government and research institutions in Gladstone today to discuss the establishment of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership.
"The Newman Government has shown leadership in proposing the partnership and I'm very pleased to say that already a number of leaders today indicated that they are prepared to develop the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership," Mr Powell said.
"They recognise that this is an opportunity to work closely together to achieve an ongoing understanding of the water quality and aquatic ecosystem health in Gladstone Harbour.
"This is exactly what we are looking for; a willingness to work together to ensure that Gladstone remains a vibrant industrial city with a healthy harbour and waterways.
"We will be informing communities not only in Gladstone but throughout Australia and overseas about the health of Gladstone."
Following today's launch, the Independent Chair of the Port Curtis Integrated Monitoring Program, Professor Chad Hewitt, expressed his support for the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership.
"We look forward to working with the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership into the future," Prof Hewitt said.
The Partnership has also been welcomed by the Chair of Healthy Waterways Limited, Leith Boully.
"The public reporting and communication about the health of waterways in South East Qld has been very successful and we look forward to share these learnings with the Gladstone," Ms Boully said.
Mr Powell said today's meeting was the first step in a process that would require a lot of work.
"The next steps will be to establish the proposed independent science panel, develop a robust, integrated water quality and ecosystem health monitoring program, assess existing programs to identify any duplication or gaps," Mr Powell said.