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A New Chapter for the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership

Pictured (L-R): Professor Iain Gordon - GHHP Chair, with Leslie Walker - CQU Director, Office of Research

2022 will see the beginning of a new era for the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP), after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with CQUniversity (CQU) to become the new Host Organisation. Based out of their Gladstone campus, CQU will now be in charge of managing the partnership, enabling GHHP to be closer to the community it provides for.

GHHP is a stakeholder-driven monitoring and advisory body that aims to improve the health of the Gladstone Harbour. The cornerstone project for GHHP is the Gladstone Harbour Report Card, released annually for the community and stakeholders, which scores various elements of the harbour health from Very Poor (E) to Very Good (A). Formed in 2013, the 21 partners of GHHP stem from three levels of Government, industry, community, traditional owners and the research sector. 

Since its inception, the Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA) has led GHHP as the Host Organisation. Fast forward nine years, as of the 1st April 2022, GHHP will be in the hands of CQU. GHHP Chair, Professor Iain Gordon, says the new arrangement assists GHHP to support the Gladstone community in understanding the health of the harbour, “CQU already has a strong relationship with the community of Gladstone, so being within an organisation that is based in the community – on the doorstep to the harbour – strengthens the opportunity to help guide future management of Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port.”

While the arrangement is stepping into new territory in terms of hosting, CQU is no stranger to GHHP, having been a major part of the partnership since 2013, “CQU has been a great supporter and partner of GHHP over the past nine years, being heavily involved with the collection and analysis of data for our annual report cards,” says Iain.

Professor Grant Stanley, CQU Vice President (Research), explains the benefits of the new arrangement for CQU, “hosting the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership provides an opportunity for us to engage more deeply with the Gladstone community, to get people involved in the research process. This means that we will be able to deliver research outcomes based on both industry and community engagement – which is really valuable.”

“On behalf of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership, I would like to thank FBA for hosting GHHP since its inception, my experience has been that FBA has gone above and beyond in support of the Partnership,” says Iain, “and we look forward to working with CQU to ensure that GHHP continues to deliver comprehensive, independent, understandable advice on the health of Gladstone Harbour.”

2021 Stewardship Report Launch

Join Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership for the launch of their inaugural Stewardship report.

Gladstone Harbour is Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port. Rich in marine resources, the working port is important to local and international ecosystems and communities. The Stewardship report highlights the many local projects and organisations that are actively working to improve the health and future of the harbour.

This launch is a valuable opportunity to celebrate collective contribution.

CQUniversity – Gladstone Marina Campus
Ground Floor, Leo Zussino Building
Grand Court Foyer and Dining Room
Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone

Thursday, 2 December
Registration: 11.45am
Launch lunch event: 12.00 noon to 1.15pm

RSVP by – 25 November

Lunch is provided.

Now open - Tender for Communication Services

Tender for Communication Services

The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP) provides a platform for stakeholders including community, industry, science, government, statutory bodies and management to come together to maintain and improve the health of the Gladstone Harbour.

This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled Communications professional to support GHHP with the design and implementation of its Communications Plan.

Communication services includes:

  • Advice on effective scientific communication
  • Coordinating the design of the annual report card and associated materials
  • Development of information sheets and education materials
  • Coordinating the development and ongoing maintenance of the GHHP website
  • Developing displays and coordinating events
  • Coordinating media opportunities
  • Coordination of the development of the GHHP brand and design elements
  • Maintaining GHHP’s social media presence
  • Seeking advertising opportunities to promote the Partnership.

Information about the Communications Services for GHHP is available on the GHHP and FBA websites

Applications close 5pm 22 October 2021.

Download the Scope of Works

​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 -


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.

Independent Chair Position

Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership has an exciting opportunity for a qualified Independent Chair to join our team!

Title: Independent Chair – Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership
Advertiser: Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP)
Location: Gladstone, Queensland
Salary: $18,000 + travel allowance up to $5,000 per year

About GHHP

Gladstone Harbour, located in Central Queensland, is the largest multi-commodity port in Queensland. The harbour is made up of a system of rivers, inlets, channels, tidal wetlands, seagrass meadows and islands, and forms part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area below the low water mark and is adjacent to the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Rapid industrial development in and around Gladstone Harbour, major flood events, concerns surrounding fish health, and UNESCO’s consideration of the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage Area status led to public concern about the health and ongoing management of Gladstone Harbour.

In order to better monitor and report on the health of the harbour and respond to changes in its condition, GHHP was established in 2013 to inform on the environmental, social, cultural and economic health of the harbour. Since this time, the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan was created in 2015, providing management plans and actions for the entire Great Barrier Reef and its catchments, including Gladstone Harbour into the future.

GHHP is a partnership of community, industry, research organisations, statutory bodies and government. The Partnership was formed to independently report on the health of Gladstone Harbour, and identify opportunities based on rigorous science and strong stakeholder engagement to improve where necessary the health to the Harbour for the future. This is achieved by the production of an annual whole-of-system Gladstone Harbour Report Card. A pilot Gladstone Harbour Report Card was produced in 2014, with more detailed report cards produced annually from 2015.

GHHP’s vision is: Gladstone has a healthy, accessible, working harbour.

Roles and Responsibilities

The GHHP Chair will undertake the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Maintain strong relationships with Partnership Partners to ensure the successful delivery of the Partnership’s annual report card for the region and continued financial and in-kind contributions from members of the Partnership;
  • Promote the Partnership to prospective partners and sponsors to maintain and increase membership;
  • Promote the interests of the Gladstone Harbour region and the Partnership at relevant, Local, state and national forums, meetings and other events, this includes reporting back to the Partnership on the discussion and outcomes of such meetings;
  • Represent the Partnership to the media or delegate a suitable representative as appropriate;
  • Foster a positive working relationship between all parties in the Partnership, Management Committee and the Host Organisation;
  • Maintain strong ties and communication with other Chairs of regional report card Partnerships;
  • Be aware of and declare any perceived or actual Conflict of Interest, abstaining from any associated decisions where a conflict of interest may be present;
  • Chair meetings and assist with agenda preparation and sign off on meeting minutes; and
  • Manage and set the direction of the Executive Officer;

Desired Skills and Attributes

  • Commitment to positive environmental outcomes in the Gladstone region.
  • Strong experience in providing leadership and strategic direction.
  • Preferably based in the Gladstone region. Candidates outside the region will need to demonstrate their ability to promote the interests of GHHP from outside the region.
  • Experience in chairing similar initiatives.
  • Proven and effective facilitation, relationship-building and communication skills.
  • Ability to reconcile opposing views, as well as self-awareness and self-management to be able to empathetically manage situations.
  • Background in and/or strong understanding of urban and industrial water management, coastal land management and river, estuarine and marine management.
  • Be available for travel including overnight stays around the state and interstate to represent the Partnership as required and approved.
  • Availability to attend Management Committee Meetings (approximately 8 per year) and Partners Meetings (2 per year).

Reporting and Supervision

The GHHP Chair reports to Partners of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership, via the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Management Committee.

Commitment, Tenure and Salary

Commitment to perform the role of the GHHP Chair is approximately 10 hours per week, commencing from January 2021.

The successful applicant will be offered a one-year contract with two one-year extensions subject to performance. Remuneration for the position is $18,000 per year. Any associated travel aligned to the Partnership functions will be reimbursed up to the value of $5,000 per year.

Further Information

Further information about GHHP, including its governance arrangements and operational structure can be found at For further advice, contact Rachel D’Arcy, Manager, Reef Partnerships, Office of the Great Barrier Reef, Department of Environment and Science via email or phone 0422 008 874 or 0416 142 270.

Applying for the Position

Applicants are required to submit a current resume including names and contact details for at least two (2) referees who have knowledge of your work; and provide a summary of the ‘Desired Skills and Attributes’ that outline your suitability for the position (your response should be no more than 2 pages).

Please forward completed applications and selection criteria to by 5pm, 30th October 2020.

Assessment of the Position

A selection panel comprised of members of the GHHP Management Committee will assess your ability to perform the work required of the position based on your application and other selection processes which may include an interview. Referees will only be contacted following an interview to verify the information you provide and to comment on how you demonstrate the attributes being sought.

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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