Our history

Our 23+ year history

July 2022

July 2022 - New strategic plan released (2023-2027)

New Strategic Plan for Healthy Land & Water released (2023-2027)

Healthy Land & Water launches a new direction for the organisation with release of its revitalised 5-year Strategic Plan (2023-2027).

July 2022

30 June 2022

Federal government endorses SEQ NRM plan: 2021 update

SEQ NRM Plan endorsed by Australian Government

30 June 2022 – The 2021 update to the community's South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan is endorsed by the Australian Government.

June 2016

New era for NRM in SEQ: merger announced to form Healthy Land & Water: June 2016

2016 Merger for SEQ Catchments and Healthy Waterways to become Healthy Land & Water

 

June 2016 – Healthy Land & Water came to life after two of the region’s most experienced natural resource management groups, Healthy Waterways and SEQ Catchments, merged to form one entity. With the merger of these two not-for-profit entities, over two decades of experience, scientific expertise and a wealth of knowledge come together to form South East Queensland’s pre-eminent natural resource management organisation.

June 2016

December 2016

Federal government endorses SEQ NRM plan: 2016 update

SEQ NRM Plan endorsed by Australian Government

December 2016 – The community's South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan is endorsed by the Australian Government.

2015

Report Card launches with new benefits rating: 2015

Report Card upgraded to include social and economic indicators to compliment the longstanding environmental indicators

2015 – The renowned Report Card incorporates a Social and Economic Benefits Rating for the first time. The new rating is designed to analyse how social and economic values are affected by changing environmental conditions.

2015

2015

MOU signed with Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC): 2015

MOU signed with Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation QYAC

2015 – Healthy Land & Water predecessor, SEQ Catchments, signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) to deliver projects in partnership with a range of organisations across Quandamooka country.

2014

Report Card monitoring program is expanded: 2014

Report Card monitoring program is expanded to incorporate social and economic measures

2014 – The Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (EHMP) incorporates social and economic indicators for the first time. The purpose of the expansion is to monitor how the social and economic benefits of waterways are affected by changing environmental condition. The expansion ensures an overall Waterways Benefits rating is included in future Report Cards.

2014

2013

River restoration projects: 2013

River restoration projects started by SEQ Catchments in 2013

2013 – Healthy Land & Water predecessor, SEQ Catchments implemented their first set of major river restoration projects.

2013

Caring for our Country merged into National Landcare Program: 2013

Caring for our Country merged with Landcare 2013

2013 – The first phase of the Caring for our Country initiative ended as it merged with the National Landcare Program.

2013

2012

Major planning changes: 2012

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2012 – Major changes to environment and NRM policy and planning – End of SEQ Regional Coordination Group and CEO’s Committee for NRM SEQ: Due to the discontinuation of the NRM Plan, Queensland’s environmental planning and vegetation protection was no longer at the forefront.

2011

Major flood event: 2011

Major flood event 2011

2011 – The partial release of Wivenhoe Dam into the flooded areas of lower Lockyer Creek and lower Bremer River increased water levels in the Brisbane River by approximately 10 metres. This disastrous decision caused further destruction in the Lockyer and Bremer catchments and inundated many low-lying suburbs in the Brisbane City Local Government Area.

2011

2011

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) formed post Native Title Act 1993: 2011

Quandamooka_Yoolooburrabee_Aboriginal_Corporation_QYAC_formed_post_Native_Title_Act_1993 in 2011

2011 – Registered under the 1993 Act, QYAC was created to manage the recognised Native Title rights and interests of the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay) people.

2010

Fire and Biodiversity Consortium joins Healthy Land & Water: 2010

Fire and Biodiversity Consortium joins Healthy Land & Water in 2010

2010 – The Fire and Biodiversity Consortium joins Healthy Land & Water (via the then predecessor, SEQ Catchments).

2010

2009

Water by Design award winner: 2009

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2009 – Healthy Land and Water’s Water by Design initiative won the Nationally Significant Program Award presented by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

2009

Banksia Water Award: 2009

Healthy Land & Water wins the 2009 Banksia Water Award

2009 – Healthy Waterways Ltd wins the 2009 Banksia Water Award.

2009

2009

One of the predecessors of Healthy Land & Water, Healthy Waterways, becomes independent: 2009

One of the predecessors of Healthy Land & Water - Healthy Waterways - becomes independent

2009 – One of the predecessor organisations to Healthy Land & Water, Healthy Waterways Ltd, becomes a registered organisation and independent from Brisbane City Council.

2009

SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan 2009-2031 passed: 2009

SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan 2009-2031 passed in 2009

2009 – The approval of the South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan indicated it would support the sustainability framework around the SEQ Regional Plan. It also meant that Healthy Land & Water's planning was considered and implemented into the strategy.

2009

2008

Caring for our Country formed: 2008

Caring for Country formed 2008

2008 – The Caring for our Country initiative was formed and provided more than $2 billion to stakeholders.

2005

Water by Design is established: 2005

Water by Design is established in 2005

2005 – The internationally-recognised and nationally awarded initiative was launched with the aim of working with and informing individuals and organisations about the importance of sustainable water management and design.

2005

2005

One of the predecessors to Healthy Land & Water, SEQ Catchments, formed: 2005

One of the predecessors to Healthy Land & Water SEQ Catchments formed in 2005

Natural Resource Management South East Queensland and SEQ Western Catchments Group merged to form SEQ Catchments. By combining the two groups, SEQ Catchments consisted of local government members and 22 catchment leaders. SEQ Catchments went on to merge with Healthy Waterways in June 2016, to become Healthy Land and Water.

2001

First Report Card released: 2001

First Report Card released 2001

2001 – For the first time, Healthy Waterways produced and delivered the Healthy Waterways Report Card utilising data from the year-long Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program. The results were compiled into a report card-like document and made available to individuals, communities, government and industry groups.

2001

2001

Moreton Bay and Catchments Partnership becomes the SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership: 2001

Moreton Bay and Catchments Partnership becomes the SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership 2001

2001 – Moreton Bay and Catchments Partnership becomes the SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership: The merging of these entities represented a government and community approach to understanding, planning for and managing the use of the waterways and catchments in South East Queensland.

2001

National Action Plan for salinity and water quality: 2001

National Action Plan for salinity and water quality 2001

2001– The Government’s Action Plan was developed in response to QLD, VIC, WA and NSW identifying a great deal of salinity in their waterways. The plan was a stepping stone in ensuring the future management of salinity and water quality would be available and effective.

2001

2000

Strategic Guide to natural resource management developed: 2000

Strategic_Guide_to_natural_resource_management_developed 2000

2000 – The release of the community-driven Natural Resource Management Strategic Guide was a pivotal moment for local governments who lead the management and conservation of South East Queensland’s natural resources with help from the Natural Heritage Trust.

2000

Awards established: 2000

Healthy Waterway Awards established in 2000

2000 – Awards program launched by Healthy Land & Water predecessor, Healthy Waterways, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of groups and individuals working toward improving and protecting South East Queensland’s waterways. 

2000

1998

Moreton Bay and Catchments Water Management Partnership established: 1998

Moreton Bay and Catchments Water Management Partnership established in 1998

1998 – This partnership, also known as Healthy Waterways, was initiated by the Policy Council of the Brisbane River Management Group in response to the objectives and scientific strategies found in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay Wastewater Management Study program.

1996

Integrated Catchment Management commenced: 1996

Integrated Catchment Management commenced in 1996

1996 – The Queensland Government initiative provided catchments with policy and strategic direction and a framework for long-term planning which addressed the sustainable management of land, water, vegetation and biological resources. The approach of integrating all sectors was critical to the formation of SEQ Catchments.

1996

1995

Natural Heritage Trust established: 1995

Natural Heritage Trust established 1995

1995 – The development and implementation of the Natural Heritage Trust meant the Australian Government formally recognised urgent action was necessary to prevent further decline in the quality of Australia’s natural environment. A total of $1.5 billion had been made available between 1996-2002 due to the government’s partial sale of Telstra.

1993

Brisbane River Management Group (BRMG) established: 1993

Brisbane River Management Group BRMG established in 1993

1993 – For community, government and industry leaders who wanted to see an improvement in the bay and river areas, the BRMG was formed as a platform to design and administer catchment management.

1993

1991

Quandamooka Land Council formed: 1991

Quandamooka Land Council formed in 1991

1991 – The incorporation of the Quandamooka Land Council was established to represent the views of Traditional Owners and people who held historical association to Moreton Bay and Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

1991

SEQ Regional Growth Management Framework: 1991

SEQ Regional Growth Management Framework 1991

1991 – The first SEQ Regional Growth Management Framework was designed and implemented by the Queensland government. The framework played a major role in underlining the importance of regional planning.

1991

1990

First Queensland university to formally recognise human impact on our environment: 1990

First university formally recognises human impact on our environment founding the Centre for Coastal Management in 1990

1990 – Griffith University founded the Centre for Coastal Management, and in so doing was the first Queensland university to recognise human impact on our environment: 1990

1989

Decade of Landcare announced: 1989

1989 Decade of Landcare announced

1989 – The rise of the National Landcare Program began in the hands of the National Farmers Federation and the Australian Conservation Foundation. For the first time, the Australian Government formally recognised the importance of environmental sustainability. In July 1989, the federal government announced its “Decade of Landcare” and contributed $320 million to fund the National Landcare Program.

1989

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BRISBANE  QLD  4000
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