SEQ mayors want governments to partner for healthy waterways

07 / Dec / 2012 | News

South East Queensland Councils contribute over $90 million collectively towards improving the health of SEQ waterways and SEQ Mayors are now calling for other levels of government to show their support and increase their investment.

SEQ Mayors today committed to the protection and responsible management of waterways in SEQ at the final Council of Mayors (SEQ) board meeting for the year.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Graham Quirk said that as a group, SEQ Mayors would continue to make waterway protection and management in the region a priority.

“Moreton Bay and our beautiful SEQ beaches will only be as good as the waterways that run into them and that responsibility extends to all SEQ Councils, not just those on the coast,” said Cr Quirk.

“We are all beneficiaries of the Bay and beaches and we must support the economic, social and environmental values of the region for the community’s benefit.”

Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair Victor Attwood said that the SEQ Mayors had discussed a number of initiatives to improve the health of our waterways at the meeting in Brisbane.

“As a regional group, we are looking at a program of river recovery initiatives around priority restoration works, best practice erosion and sediment control and cost effective sustainable development through sensitive urban design,” Cr Attwood said.

“SEQ’s waterways, beaches and Moreton Bay are important natural assets which link to the region’s liveability, agriculture, tourism, recreation, fishing industries and economic growth generally.

“It is easier, and far more cost effective to halt causes of water quality decline now than to treat the symptoms later.”
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) will continue to advocate for investment in healthy waterways to be matched by other levels of government in partnership with Councils.