New hotline helps with environmental damage from ex-TC Debbie

A new hotline has been established to help landholders in South East Queensland’s catchment areas deal with the environmental damage from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Natural resource management organisation Healthy Land and Water established the hotline with support from the Queensland Government to provide advice to property owners on how to restore damaged creeks and gullies following the floods in March this year.

“The flooding from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie caused significant erosion and damage to creeks and gullies in the Logan and other nearby catchment areas,” Julie McLellan, CEO of Healthy Land and Water said.

“Collapsed banks and channel scouring from the large flows of water in creeks in the Logan, Bremer, Warrill and eastern parts of the Lockyer catchments has affected creek stability and water quality, threatening valuable assets such as adjacent paddocks, fences, bridges and roads.

“The hotline is a way to provide advice to land owners on how to best plan their creek restoration or gully repair projects, and to make informed decisions on restoration and resilience-building techniques that will reduce the impacts of future floods on infrastructure, ecosystems and habitats.”

The hotline is part of a staged approach to address a range of key tasks identified in the State Recovery Plan 2017-2019, Operation Queensland Recovery following ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, and is available to private landholders in affected catchment areas by contacting the hotline.

It will help property owners to assess impacts to environmental infrastructure, provide advice on stabilisation and rehabilitation of riparian areas and eroded gullies, and ensure that communities are actively engaged in consultation and decision-making processes.

“In addition to providing advice on creek restoration projects, the information gathered through the hotline will also help us estimate the overall condition of the region’s environmental assets, informing regional recovery processes and planning for future flood events,” Ms McLellan said.

“This will contribute to the rebuilding of important natural assets and the creation of more resilient communities in South East Queensland.”

The hotline number is 07 3816 9720.

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