Healthy Land and Water is an organisation with over 20 years experience in working to improve South East Queensland’s environment. Though Healthy Land and Water has only existed in its current form since 2016, the organisation has a rich history stretching back to the 1990s.

Explore the Healthy Land and Water story through our interactive timeline:

Cool Timeline

2018

Award nomination – 2018 International RiverFoundation’s Australiasia RiverPrize

Award nomination – 2018 International RiverFoundation’s Australiasia RiverPrize

2018 – Healthy Land and Water’s Mulgowie Riverbank Restoration Project was nominated for the 2018 International RiverFoundation’s Australiasia RiverPrize

2018

SEQ Catchments formed

SEQ Catchments formed

2005 – National Resource Management South East Queensland and SEQ Western Catchments Group merged to form SEQ Catchments: By combining the two groups, SEQ Catchments now consisted of local government members and 22 catchment leaders. The newly formed organisation was able to present partnership opportunities on a larger scale to Traditional Owners, community groups, local councils, schools and universities

2017

Healthy Land and Water was established

Healthy Land and Water was established

2017 – Healthy Land and Water was established

2016

Merger

Merger

2016 –  Healthy Waterways Ltd and SEQ Catchments merge. The merging of these two SEQ not-for-profit entities brought a wealth of knowledge and over two decades of experience and scientific rigour

2016

Australian Government endorsement

Australian Government endorsement

2016 – The 2016 South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan was endorsed by the Australian Government

2015

Enhanced Report Card

Enhanced Report Card

2015 – The inclusion of social and economic indicators meant the enhanced Report Card helped inform our readers to better understand how the social and economic benefits our waterways provide would be affected by changing environmental conditions

2015

Memorandum of Understanding signed

Memorandum of Understanding signed

2015 – Healthy Land and Water signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation to deliver projects in partnership with a range of organisations across Quandamooka country

2014

Expanded monitoring program

Expanded monitoring program

2014 – Social and economic indicators were integrated into the Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program

2013

River restoration projects

River restoration projects

2013 – The South East Queensland Catchments implemented their first set of river restoration projects

2013

Caring for our Country merged

Caring for our Country merged

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

2012

Major planning changes

Major planning changes

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

Major flood event

2011 – Major flood event: 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

(QYAC) formed post Native Title Act 1993

(QYAC) formed post Native Title Act 1993

2011 – Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) formed post Native Title Act 1993: Registered under the 1993 Act, QYAC was created to manage the recognised Native Title rights and interests of the Quandamooka people

2010

SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium joins SEQ Catchments

SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium joins SEQ Catchments

2010 – SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium joins SEQ Catchments

2009

Water by Design award winner

Water by Design award winner

2013 – Healthy Land and Water’s Water by Design initiative won the Nationally Significant Program Award presented by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

2009

SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan passed

SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan passed

2009 – South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan 2009-2031 and Regional Plan passed: The approval of the SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan indicated it would support the sustainability framework around the SEQ Regional Plan. It also meant that Healthy Waterways’ planning was considered and implemented into the strategy

2009

Banksia Water Award

Banksia Water Award

2009 – Healthy Waterways Ltd wins the 2009 Banksia Water Award

2009

Healthy Waterways Ltd becomes independent

Healthy Waterways Ltd becomes independent

2009 – Healthy Waterways Ltd becomes a registered organisation and independent from Brisbane City Council

2008

Caring for our Country formed

Caring for our Country formed

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

2005

Water by Design is established

Water by Design is established

2005 – Water by Design is established: 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

 

2003

Catchments groups established

Catchments groups established

2003 – The National Resource Management South East Queensland and SEQ Western Catchments groups were established

2001

Moreton Bay and Catchments Partnership becomes the SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership

Moreton Bay and Catchments Partnership becomes the SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership

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

First Report Card released

First Report Card released

2001 – First Report Card released: 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

National Action Plan for salinity and water quality

National Action Plan for salinity and water quality

2001– National Action Plan for salinity and water quality:  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

2000

Strategic Guide to natural resource management developed

Strategic Guide to natural resource management developed

2000 –  Strategic Guide to natural resource management developed: 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

Healthy Waterways Awards established

Healthy Waterways Awards established

2000 – Healthy Waterways Awards established: Healthy Waterways launched its Awards program to recognise and celebrate the achievements of groups and individuals working toward improving and protecting South East Queensland’s waterways

1998

Moreton Bay and Catchments Water Management Partnership established

Moreton Bay and Catchments Water Management Partnership established

1998 – Moreton Bay and Catchments Water Management Partnership established: 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

Integrated Catchment Management commenced

1996 – Integrated Catchment Management commenced: 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

1995

Natural Heritage Trust established

Natural Heritage Trust established

1995 – Natural Heritage Trust established: 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

Brisbane River Management Group (BRMG) established

1993 – Brisbane River Management Group (BRMG) established: 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

1991

Quandamooka Land Council formed

Quandamooka Land Council formed

1991 – Quandamooka Land Council formed: 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

SEQ Regional Growth Management Framework

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

1990

Centre for Coastal Management founded

Centre for Coastal Management founded

1990 – Griffith University, Centre for Coastal Management founded: The first Queensland university to formally recognise human impact on our environment

1989

Decade of Landcare announced

Decade of Landcare announced

1989 – Decade of Landcare announced: 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

Get in touch

Healthy Land and Water is dedicated to the care of our unique and beautiful land, waterways and biodiversity.

  • Address: Level 19, 160 Ann Street Brisbane QLD 4000
  • PO Box: 13204, George Street, Brisbane Qld 4003
  • Phone: (07) 3177 9100
  • Fax: (07) 3177 9190
  • Email: info@hlw.org.au

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