live WELL CQ is a formal partnership established in 2007 of committed primary health, human services and community care organisations that are working together to achieve better health outcomes for Central Queenslanders.
live WELL CQ aims to facilitate the development of sustainable partnerships that will identify, develop and implement innovative, enduring health and wellbeing enhancement strategies. The partnership provides for strategic coordination, project delivery and system analysis that assists all partners to better align services, take full advantage of collaborative effort and plan for the future.
live WELL CQ works within the internationally accepted partnering principles of transparency, mutual benefit and equity.
Livingstone Shire Council shows its commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef by partnering with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to officially become a Reef Guardian Council on 27 March 2014.
The Reef Guardian Council program showcases environmentally sustainable practices undertaken by councils in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
The program recognises the effective management and protection of the Reef requires a coordinated effort from industries, communities and all levels of government.
There are 17 councils between Bundaberg and Cooktown in the Reef Guardian Councils program undertaking a range of projects. This covers a 300,000 km2 area and a population of almost 900,000 people.
These councils are working together to protect and conserve the Marine Park through activities that improve the health and resilience of the Reef.
Many local residents assume their councils only deal with rates, roads and rubbish but Reef Guardian Councils are doing much more than this in an effort to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Reef Guardian Councils undertake environmental initiatives in the following areas:
Water management - waterways rehabilitation, water monitoring, urban stormwater treatment, wastewater and trade waste treatment
Waste management - waste avoidance, waste reuse and recycling
Land management - vegetation and pest management, resource assessment, erosion control, and land planning and management
Climate change - planning and policy, energy and resource efficiency, and community education
Community - education, capacity building and developing partnerships.
Reef Guardian Councils have an important role in planning for sustainable population growth, approving environmentally sound developments, and preparing the community for climate change impacts.