The Resilient Rivers Initiative was launched in December 2014 with the aim of improving the health of SEQ’s waterways by delivering a coordinated approach to catchment management. Signatories include the Council of Mayors (SEQ), Queensland Government, Seqwater, Healthy Waterways, SEQ Catchments, Unitywater and Queensland Urban Utilities.
The Resilient Rivers Initiative was founded on the recognition that a coordinated approach to catchment management is vital to ensure future economic, social and environmental health of the region.
The initiative aims to improve the health of our waterways by achieving the following goals:
The final outcome of the Resilient Rivers Initiative will be a coordinated program of works that focuses on innovative approaches to achieving these goals. There is no one single solution to these issues. It requires a collaborative and multi-pronged approach, across state and local government agencies, water utilities, regional partners and the community.
The Lockyer and Mid Brisbane Catchment Action Plans (CAPs) are the first ready for public release as part of the Resilient Rivers Initiative.
Each of SEQ’s 19 catchments will be protected by a CAP aimed at mitigating risks and prioritising actions based on the overarching objectives of the Resilient Rivers Initiative. Together, these CAPs will deliver a collaborative and holistic approach to improving the health of SEQ’s waterways.
The Lockyer and Mid Brisbane CAPs were developed through months of technical assessments, on-ground research and community and expert consultation. The result is a plan to protect each catchment in the long term, while ensuring the effective management of funds and resources.
Work on the Pumicestone and Logan Albert CAPs is well advanced, followed by the development of the Bremer and Lower Brisbane Redlands CAPs to start early in 2017.
With a catchment area of 563km² the Mid-Brisbane catchment accounts for a small but vital area of the Brisbane River catchment. The Mid-Brisbane Catchment contains the section of the River below Wivenhoe Dam and to the Mt Crosby Weir. It is dominated by the 61km ‘macrochannel’ which is an important conduit of the water supplied from Wivenhoe for treatment at Mt Crosby and the Lowood Water Treatment Plants. As such, the catchment is strategically important to SEQ, and indeed Queensland, being the main water supply intake catchment for the region, providing drinking water for three million people in SEQ.
The Lockyer catchment is a priority for the South East Queensland region under the Resilient Rivers Initiative due to its significant agricultural production value and its location upstream of the main water supply intake for the region. In addition, two pieces of regionally significant transport infrastructure traverse the catchment, the Warrego Highway and the railway line servicing Toowoomba and further west (the Darling Downs and mining areas).
The Pumicestone Passage is a tidal waterway between Bribie Island and the mainland, winding 45 kilometres from Caloundra in the north to Deception Bay in the south. The Passage has extensive mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and inter-tidal sandbars and mudflats, which provide valuable habitat for fish, dugong, turtles, crabs, oysters, juvenile prawns and a wide variety of local and migratory waders and shorebirds. It also provides a wide range of water-based recreational activities that support local lifestyles and tourism.