Healthy Land and Water is an organisation with over 20 years’ experience in working to improve South East Queensland’s natural environment. Though Healthy Land and Water has only existed in its current essence since 2017, the organisation has a rich history stretching back to the 1990s.

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

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2018

HLW nominated for International RiverFoundation’s Australasia RiverPrize

HLW nominated for International RiverFoundation’s Australasia RiverPrize

2018 – Healthy Land and Water’s Mulgowie Riverbank Restoration project is nominated for the 2018 International RiverFoundation’s Australasia RiverPrize

2017

Healthy Land and Water launches

Healthy Land and Water launches

2017 – A new era begins as Healthy Land and Water officially launches in February 2017.

2016

End of an era

End of an era

June 2016 –  Healthy Waterways Ltd and SEQ Catchments merge and the new organisation is briefly known as Healthy Waterways and Catchments. 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

2016

Federal government endorses SEQ NRM plan

Federal government endorses SEQ NRM plan

December 2016 – SEQ Catchments’ South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan is endorsed by the Australian Government

2015

Report Card launches with new benefits rating

Report Card launches with new benefits rating

2015 – The renowned Healthy Waterways 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

SEQ Catchments signs MOU with QYAC

SEQ Catchments signs MOU with QYAC

2015 – 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

Healthy Waterways’ monitoring program is expanded

Healthy Waterways’ monitoring program is expanded

2014 – Healthy Waterways’ Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program 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.

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 – 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

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

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

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

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

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

SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan 2009-2031 passed

SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan 2009-2031 passed

2009 – 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 – 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

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

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 – 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–  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 –  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 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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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