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Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Launch

The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership launch was held on 6 November 2013 at the Gladstone Marina Parklands.

Representatives from the Gladstone community and GHHP Partners attended to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU outlines Partners’ commitment to work together to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships and interdependencies between the environmental, economic, social and cultural health of Gladstone Harbour. The MOU also talks about ensuring ongoing and timely communication with the Gladstone community about the health of the Gladstone Harbour through an annual report card.

Honourable Andrew Powell MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection (right) shaking hands with Mr Paul Birch, Chair of GHHP (left) at the signing of the GHHP memorandum of understanding.

Following the signing of the MOU, the Partnership was launched. Aunty Jackie Johnson welcomed the launch attendees to country alongside Ms Lee-ann Dudley. Ms Jessica Johnson performed ‘Wungyunga’. Wungyunga is a traditional welcome song in Gooreng Gooreng language.

Aunty Jackie Johnson (right) welcomes launch attendees to country alongside Ms Lee-ann Dudley (left).

Following that, Mr Paul Birch, Chair of the Partnership, outlined his thanks to the partners for their hard work over the last 12 months. He also referred to the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership’s vision of a healthy, accessible, working harbour.

The last speaker of the day was the Honourable Andrew Powell MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection. Minister Powell talked about the future of the Partnership. He said that the most important principle of the partnership was open, honest and accountable reporting of Gladstone Harbour’s health to Gladstone, Queensland and international communities.

Gladstone community members and Partners at the launch of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership.

The launch concluded with a morning tea for the community, industry, government and research partners.