“The report card rated the system as ‘good’,” he said.
“While the agricultural industry is the largest land use in the Fitzroy Basin, and also a major consumer of the basin’s water assets, the resources sector also has a role to play in ensuring it meets or exceeds its environmental obligations.
“The resources sector continues to demonstrate its commitment to the partnership’s vision of delivering a more complete picture on river health in the Fitzroy Basin.
“This commitment is demonstrated through active membership of the partnership by the Queensland Resources Council along with 15 resources sector companies.”
The major partners in the partnership are Fitzroy Basin Association (host organisation), the Queensland government, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, Peabody Energy, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Santos and Glencore.
“The resources sector directly contributes more than half of the annual operating budget for the partnership along with significant in-kind in the form of water quality data and participation on committees,” Roche said.
Fitzroy Partnership for River Health executive officer Nathan Johnston says the agricultural industry should be satisfied that catchments were generally found to be excellent or good for agricultural use.