Queensland Government funded project to restore waterways
The $8 million ‘Healthy Country’ project supported communities, farmers and scientists to work together to improve water quality in South East Queensland’s catchments and Moreton Bay.
The four-year Healthy Country project focused on ways to reduce sediments and nutrients entering our waterways. Three priority catchments were targeted - Logan and Bremer Rivers and Lockyer Creek - which have been shown to contribute the majority of sediment to Moreton Bay.
There were four sub-projects under Healthy Country led by:
- Healthy Waterways (science and planning)
- SEQ Catchments (waterway restoration)
- Queensland Government (sustainable land management)
- Traditional Owners.
The first stage of the program concluded in June 2012, with SEQ Catchments securing additional funding to continue waterway restoration works until mid 2013.
Science and Planning - Healthy Waterways
The science and planning project was successful in demonstrating that it is possible to identify sediment sources, quantities and transport pathways and to prioritise areas to target for on-ground management activities at a subcatchment scale. It developed the methodology, tools and improved the precision of model parameters that could enable the Healthy Country program approach to be extended efficiently and cost-efficiently to other subcatchments.
Healthy Waterways established productive working partnerships with the following organisations: Queensland Government, eWater CRC (through the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University), SEQ Catchments and traditional owners operating through regional and local committee meetings, workshops, field trips and one-on-one interactions.
Waterway Restoration- SEQ Catchments
The first stage of the Healthy Country Program came to an end in June 2012. In 2012-2013, SEQ Catchments received $365k from the Queensland Government to extend the program between November 2012 and June 2013, to reduce sediment and nutrient run-off in the the Upper Warrill Creek and Pumicestone Passage catchments.
Demonstration sites in the Upper Warrill shared learnings with landholders around sustainable sediment and erosion control practices. All of these works were supported by extensive planning activities, which also helped improve flood resilience.
Weed management and native revegetation work was also undertaken across significant wetland areas. Work focused on three separate waterways flowing into the Pumicestone Passage – Bells Creek, Coochin Creek, and Bluegum Creek. The Program also provided training on cultural heritage, endangered species identification, and biocondition assessments for local landcare groups and restoration contractors.