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​Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Program Manager/Executive Officer

Exciting opportunity for a strategically minded individual to develop the ongoing growth of this successful Partnership.

Salary rate:

Classification 8


$91,812 – $98,871 (pro rata)


Gladstone, Queensland.

Gladstone Harbour is Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port, which is also rich in a myriad of marine resources from fish and mud crabs to seagrass and tidal wetlands.Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP) was established in 2013 to report on all aspects of a healthy accessible, working harbour.

GHHP is currently hosted by Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA).

FBA is Central Queensland’s leading Natural Resource Management organisation. FBA strives to protect the region’s ecosystems, wetlands, plants and animals; improve land condition and management practices; and ensure healthy waterways flowing to the reef.

This is an exciting opportunity for a strategically minded individual to develop and implement the ongoing growth strategy with the support of the GHHP Management Committee and ensure delivery of the governance and operational functions of the Partnership.

Roles and Primary Duties

The GHHP Program Manager / Executive Officer is accountable for:

  • Maintaining and enhancing governance arrangements for the GHHP, in line with FBA governance.
  • Management of contractors delivering services to GHHP.
  • Overseeing implementation of annual project plans, contracts and budgets.
  • Maintaining and developing networks and relationships with members, stakeholders and the community.
  • Maintaining and building a culture of excellence, innovation, continuous improvement.
  • Seeking and securing new partners whilst ensuring existing partners continue to receive value from GHHP.
  • Promoting the Partnership’s public profile and reputation.
  • Supporting the corporate strategy and vision of FBA & GHHP.
  • Delivering on the annual operational plan.
  • Meeting the KPIs for the GHHP.

The successful applicant will be offered a Contract of Employment consistent with the FBA Policies and Procedures and FBA salary framework. In addition to superannuation guarantee payments, FBA offers to match voluntary superannuation contributions by employees up to an additional 3% of salary.

FBA is keen to work with arrangements that suit the right person/people for the job. Daily hours of work are flexible, reflecting the need for the successful applicant to work hours that suit clients.

In return, we offer the opportunity to work with some of the most engaged and innovative in water quality science and management and contribute to defining the next phase of our growth strategy. Please contact FBA’s Partnership Manager on 07 4999 2800 for an initial confidential discussion.

To apply for this position please submit your confidential cover letter and resume to or visit our website -

​Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2020 Release

The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership is proud to release the 2020 Gladstone Harbour Report Card. The report card was produced with the support of 21 partners, representing community, traditional owners, industry, science, government and harbour management.

Report cards are a globally recognised method of reporting on waterway health and monitoring changes over time. GHHP has been working for the past twelve months to produce the 2020 Report Card for the community and stakeholders, rating indicators from very poor (E) to very good (A).

Minister for the Great Barrier Reef, Meaghan Scanlon congratulated GHHP on delivering its sixth report card and welcomed the positive results across a number of key indicators.

“It is fantastic to know that our long-term investment continues to deliver water quality benefits for Gladstone and too, for our Great Barrier Reef,” Minister Scanlon said.

The Queensland Government recognises the importance of regional waterway report cards and the community partnerships that drive them in delivering a healthy Reef and strong regional economies. It has provided more than $6 million in funding across five regional partnerships since 2017.

The 2020 Report Card presents the results of Environmental, Social, Cultural and Economic monitoring within Gladstone Harbour and the Gladstone Local Government Area, between July 2018 and June 2020. Information and data used in the report card has been provided by scientific research organisations, universities and specialist consultants overseen by the GHHP Independent Science Panel and the GHHP Science Team.

After five years of satisfactory grades (C) the Environmental grade improved to a B, a result of higher grades for seagrass, fish recruitment and water quality. Seagrass has continued to improve from a poor grade (D) in 2018 to a good grade (B) in 2020.Fish recruitment improved from a D in 2019 to a C in 2020.Water and sediment quality continued to be very good (A) with water quality receiving its highest score since the first full report card in 2015.As a result, this was the first time the overall water quality indicator received a very good grade (A). However, coral received a very poor grade (E) and mud crabs received a poor grade (D).

Of the environmental indicator groups water and sediment quality received an A, habitats—made up of seagrass, mangroves and coral—received a C and fish and crabs—made up of fish recruitment, fish health and mud crabs—also received a C.

The Social component grade for 2020 was good (B). Results were consistent with previous years with community perceptions of harbour usability staying as satisfactory (C), and harbour access and liveability/wellbeing both remaining good (B).The scores for the Social component have remained relatively stable since it was included in the pilot report card in 2014. As a result, this component will only be monitored every third year and no new monitoring was conducted in 2020. The 2019 Social component scores are used for the 2020 report card.

The overall grade for the Cultural component was satisfactory (C). The grade for sense of place remained good (B). This score has changed little in five years and suggests that the community’s expectations of the harbour area are being met. The score for place attachment was slightly higher than previous year’s, suggesting an increased engagement with and appreciation of the harbour. The scores for the Cultural component have remained relatively stable since it was included in the pilot report card in 2014. As a result, this component will only be monitored every third year and no new monitoring was conducted in 2020. The 2019 Cultural component scores are used for the 2020 report card.

The overall Economic grade for 2020 was good (B). Economic performance remains an A, owing to the continued strength of shipping and tourism. However, commercial fishing received a poor score for the fourth consecutive year.The scores for the Economic component have remained relatively stable since it was included in the pilot report card in 2014. As a result, this component will only be monitored every third year and no new monitoring was conducted in 2020. The 2019 Economic component scores are used for the 2020 report card.

The GHHP website and technical report contain further information on the grades presented in the 2020 Gladstone Healthy Harbour Report Card and the methods used to determine them. The technical report can be found under the Publications tab of the website. 

The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership is seeking feedback from the community and stakeholders on the Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2020 to improve the reporting process for future years. Have your say by emailing or phone 1800 241 254.


The 2019-2020 GHHP Annual Report has been released!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Management Committee (MC), Independent Science Panel (ISP), Science Team and Staff for their ongoing commitment these last 12 months.

The 2019-2020 period has seen many changes including a new appointed Chair and Management Committee members. The Annual Report has a special message from the GHHP Chair, Gerry Graham, a brief review of the past year, some of the GHHP highlights and good news stories along with our direction for the year ahead. The statement of income & expenditure report gives you a breakdown of numbers for the 2019 - 2020 financial year and you can learn about our supportive Partners and who makes up the GHHP Management Committee, ISP, Science Team and Staff.

All 7 Annual Reports are available under the Governance tab on our website.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation- Marine Debris Source Reduction Plan Workshop

The Tangaroa Blue Foundation in collaboration with Gladstone Regional Council is organising a series of Marine Debris Source Reduction Plan Workshops in the Gladstone Region and invite you to attend the Gladstone Workshop on Thursday 31st May 2018.

Morning Tea and a light lunch will be provided.

Numbers are strictly limited, so registrations are essential.

This a free community workshop is organised in collaboration with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Gladstone Regional Council with funding through the Australian Government's Community Heritage and Icons grant

To Book follow the below Event Brite Link:

or contact

GHHP at the Gladstone Harbour Festival Street Parade

GHHP had a BLAST walking in the 2018 Gladstone Harbour Festivals, Street Parade!!!
There were lots of smiles, laughs and most of all Gladstone Harbour Report Cards, GHHP Story books and GHHP stickers shared!

Did you see us there??
Did you get a report card, story book or sticker??
Did you learn something about our harbour??
We sure hope you did!!!!


Outdoor Education-Bugwatch

The year 9 & 10 Trinity College Outdoor Education students recently surveyed the macroinvertebrates (bugs & slugs) in Callemondah Dam as part of their environmental water quality monitoring. This is a new activity for Trinity College made possible through equipment purchased with Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnerships, Citizen Science funding program.

Using digital microscopes students were able to photograph and later identify the types of bugs present in the dam water. They included a Mayfly nymph which has a sensitivity level of 9. Its presence indicates the water is in good condition.

2018 International Year of the Reef

It’s 2018 and we are celebrating the International Year of the Reef – and would like you to join us!

International Year of the Reef is a worldwide campaign driven by the International Coral Reef Initiative to highlight the value and threats to coral reefs across the globe and inspire action to protect them.

As part of IYOR2018, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian network partnering on the initiative has a goal to:

  • Celebrate the Reef and the people who care for it (YOU!)
  • Educate people about Reef health
  • Empower the community to take whatever action they can to mitigate threats to the Reef – particularly the biggest threat to the Reef: climate change
  • Invite you to help spread the word!
  • The Marine Park Authority will co-chair the International Coral Reef Initiative with Monaco from July 2018-2020; which includes the International Year of the Reef activities.

    Get Involved

    • Request a digital media kit containing graphics, talking points and resources you can use to share the message and integrate IYOR 2018 into your programs.
    • Visit Reef HQ Aquarium where a number of shows and information will be shared at the national education centre in Townsville, with activities for you to join.
    • Stay connected for updates on events and activities as part of International Year of the Reef by signing up to our newsletter and following us on social media.
    • Pledge what you will do from now on to benefit the environment and the Reef by telling your friends and colleagues and posting on social media.
    • Share your climate change actions or projects with us by posting on social media with the hashtag #lovetheReef #iyor2018.

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    ​2017 Gladstone Harbour Report Card Release​

    The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP) proudly released the 2017 Gladstone Harbour Report Card on Tuesday 13 February 2018. Mr Paul Birch (GHHP Chair) officially released the report card to GHHP Partners and the community on a cruise around Gladstone Harbour.

    The 2017 Gladstone Harbour Report Card presents the results of the testing of 99 measures across the four components of harbour health; environmental, social, cultural and economic. Monitoring for the 2017 report card was undertaken in Gladstone Harbour and the Gladstone Local Government Area, between July 2016 and June 2017.

    Overall, the 2017 results were similar to those reported in 2016. Environmental Health received a C, Social and Economic Health both received B’s and Cultural Health received a C.

    The 2017 report card, technical document and more detailed information are available throughout the GHHP website:

    Second Edition Storybook

    GHHP are excited to have released the second edition in the Barry & Jenny storybook series; ‘Barry and Jenny’s Release: Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2016’. The book follows Barry and Jenny’s journey around the harbour as they visit some iconic landmarks in the Gladstone Region and share the actual results from the 2016 report card with some Gladstone Harbour locals. The second edition of the Barry and Jenny series was released on Thursday 2 February 2017 and will again be distributed to schools in the Gladstone Region.

    GHHP Citizen Science Projects 2017

    The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP) have contracted community organisations, Port Curtis Harbour Watch and the Boyne Tannum HookUp Association, to implement projects under the GHHP Citizen Science program.

    Port Curtis Harbour Watch were provided funding by GHHP to undertake a water quality testing project. The project aims to expand the existing, largely school-based, environmental science program into a community citizen science program. Testing water quality in the harbour exists under the current harbour watch program, but through funding will be expanded to other areas in the broader catchment. The project outcomes are to increase awareness and knowledge of the general public to scientific water testing; and to expand the water quality testing to include parts of the broader catchment.

    The Boyne Tannum HookUp Association were also awarded funding as a part of GHHP’s Citizen Science program. The Boyne Tannum HookUp Association will deliver the following four projects:

    Fish Catch Data Project

    InfoFish are commissioned to catch data for daily fish catches during the three day Boyne Tannum HookUp fishing competition. The data includes fish type, size and location caught through a by-catch and recreational fishing survey.

    Marine Debris Clean Up Project

    Two waste surveys and collections will be conducted prior to and after the Boyne Tannum HookUp fishing competition. This project would be undertaken with the support of the Boyne Tannum Scouts.

    Marine Debris Sculpture Workshop

    Over the three days of the event, marine debris from the pre event clean-up will be deposited at Bray Park for a sculpture workshop held for the general public. This project will be undertaken with the support of local artists and relevant organisations.

    Barramundi Tracking Project

    Barramundi in Awoonga Dam are to be tagged and tracked in anticipation for a spill over to determine the rate of survival, direction of travel and area inhabited in the harbour. This project will be undertaken with the support of GAWB and GPC to fund sonar equipment, boat, marine crew and public awareness campaign.

    GHHP are excited for these two organisations to implement their citizen science projects and report back upon the completion of this year’s program.