Overall, the 2018 results were similar to those reported in 2017. The full report card can be found here.
Environmental Health overall received a C, Social and Economic Health both received B’s and Cultural Health received a C.
The overall grade for Environment remained satisfactory (C). The grade for water and sediment quality remained very good (A), the grade for fish and crabs remained satisfactory (C) and the score for habitats was poor (D). Mangroves were included in habitats for the first time in 2018 and were assessed in all 13 environmental reporting zones. The inclusion of mangroves completes the habitat indicator group and resulted in 6 additional zones receiving a score for habitats.
Under the Cultural results, the grade for sense of place remained good (B) with cultural heritage remaining satisfactory (C). The Indigenous cultural heritage framework has been simplified for the 2018 report card resulting in less measures used than in 2017. Like previous years, Elders and Traditional Owners were consulted during the site assessments.
Results for the Social component were consistent with the previous year where community perceptions on harbour usability was satisfactory (C) and harbour access and liveability/wellbeing remained good (B). This year a new aesthetic value measure contributes to the liveability and wellbeing indicator. The importance of the aesthetic aspect of the Gladstone Harbour was highlighted in previous social survey results. The Social component results reflect how Gladstone Harbour contributes to the wellbeing and lifestyle of the local community.
The economic performance indicator results were the same as 2017. However, the employment grade declined from satisfactory (C) to poor (D) and the socio-economic status declined from good (B) to satisfactory (C), evidence of lower economic conditions. The economic value (recreation) contains a new water-based recreation indicator with the overall grade remaining good (B).
Report cards are a globally recognised method of reporting on waterway health and monitoring changes over time. Information and data used in the report card has been provided by scientific research organisations, universities and specialist consultants overseen by GHHP Independent Science Panel and the GHHP Science Team. Chair of GHHP Mr Paul Birch noted that “The Report Card is close to having all measures in place with only fish health to be finalized for the 2019 monitoring and reporting”