The Davidson St Creek Restoration Project
Healthy Land and Water is committed to ensuring future generations can enjoy the benefits of a healthy and thriving Brisbane River. As part of its Brisbane River Recovery initiative, Healthy Land and Water is partnering with local, state and federal governments and local communities on a range of projects aimed at improving the condition of the river. The Davidson St Creek Restoration Project, situated at Newmarket, is a key part of the initiative.
The Davidson St Creek Restoration is a pilot project aimed at enhancing and restoring a small section of Breakfast Creek, within Corbie Park and adjacent to Davidson Street, using a community co-design approach. A key objective of the project is to reconnect local communities with their waterway and ensure these projects are designed by the community and for the community. The project also aims to improve water quality within the Brisbane River by incorporating water sensitive urban design elements such as water-smart trees and raingardens.
Funding for the project has been provided by the Australian Government.
As part of stage one, Healthy Land and Water is currently working with a large cross-section of the local community to incorporate what they see as critical design elements to the project. This might include:
- Improving pedestrian access and the visual beauty of the creek
- Walking tracks to improve public access to the creek
- Seating and viewing areas
- Native plants/indigenous gardens to improve local understanding of flora and support creekbank stability and reduce erosion
- Nature play elements to provide opportunities for kids and adults alike to explore and learn through play
Community input is a key part of the Davidson St Creek Restoration Project. Healthy Land and Water has launched an inclusive community consultation process to ensure local residents have a significant say in the design of the restoration project. In March 2018, local residents were invited to a community workshop where they were encouraged to share their ideas and explain what the creek means to them.
More consultation events are planned in 2018.
Funding for the project is provided by the Australian Government as part of the Improving Your Local Parks and Environment Program. The program aims to:
- Protect, enhance, rehabilitate and/or restore ecosystems and natural habitats
- Control and eradicate weeds and invasive species which threaten ecosystems, habitats or species
- Promote an understanding of the importance of conserving biological diversity
- Promote and recognise the role of indigenous people in conserving biological biodiversity
- Promote and encourage ecologically sustainable practices
- Facilitate adaption to climate change.
If you would like to be involved please contact Rachel Nasplezes on 07 3177 9106 or firstname.lastname@example.org