SEQ Mayors welcome funding for healthy waterways

27 / Mar / 2013 | News

South East Queensland Mayors have welcomed the State Government’s funding of three healthy waterways projects in South East Queensland.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Graham Quirk said the projects in the Pumicestone Passage, Bundamba Creek and Slacks Creek catchments were of a high priority.

“The protection and responsible management of waterways and natural assets is a key priority for all SEQ Councils,” said Cr Quirk.

“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) is supporting a regional program of localised River Recovery initiatives by its member councils.

“SEQ Councils, supported by the Council of Mayors (SEQ), work to attract adequate resources to ensure that our waterways and natural assets are, and remain, world class for the benefit of the SEQ community.

“The commitment of $800,000 from the State Government is welcomed and we look forward to further funding partnerships between the State and Councils.”

Logan City Council Mayor Pam Parker welcomed the State Government’s $200,000 for the Slacks Creek Catchment Recovery Project, a pilot project for the city-wide Logan Rivers and Wetlands Recovery initiative.

“The Slacks Creek project aims to increase public interaction with the creek through a number of short, medium and long term actions,” said Cr Parker.

“The commitment of funding from both Council and the Queensland Government demonstrates the importance placed on helping to recover, enhance and sustain the city’s waterways.”
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland welcomed the State Government’s $450,000 to develop an action plan to improve the health of the iconic Pumicestone Passage and its catchment.

“This project will be a community partnership involving community, industry, state and local governments,” Cr Sutherland said.
Sunshine Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Jamieson also welcomed the State’s funding of the project.

“Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council have been collaborating in the Pumicestone Passage catchment on agreed priority restoration works and the State funding will enhance these works,” said Cr Jamieson.

Ipswich City Council Mayor Paul Pisasale welcomed the State Government’s $150,000 for the Bremer River Fund.

“The Bremer River Fund is jointly funded by the Ipswich City Council and the International River Foundation,” said Cr Pisasale.