Reef Guardian Council

Rockhampton Regional Council is a proud member of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Council program.

The Great Barrier Reef is an important part of our region, economy and identity. As a Reef Guardian Council, we are doing our bit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and land based impacts on the Reef. Councils have an important role in water, waste and land management, planning for sustainable population growth, approving environmentally sound developments and working to address climate change. Each of the decisions we make can impact the amount of greenhouse gas emissions we as a community produce. We are committed to building the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef through our Reef Guardian Action Plan. Rockhampton Regional Council's progress is monitored via the governance framework established for Council's Sustainability Strategy and reported via the Sustainability Year in Review.

The Reef Guardian Councils program is a collaborative stewardship arrangement between local councils in the Great Barrier Reef catchment and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Rockhampton Regional Council is one of 19 councils involved in the program. In October 2022, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority released the Reef Guardian Councils Climate change initiatives snapshot, which showcases the actions, both big and small, that councils (including us) are taking to help protect the Reef from the biggest threat to coral reefs worldwide.

Did you know...
The Rockhampton Region includes extensive wetlands, creeks and river systems covering some 407km2 or 6% of our total area. The Fitzroy River is the region’s major waterway and the largest river catchment flowing to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Learn more about how our catchment connects to the Reef below!