Sunshine Coast earns high marks in waterways report card
  • Wednesday 16 November 2016

A report card on the health of our Sunshine Coast waterways and catchments was released today with very good grades achieved in all areas, thanks to the efforts of Sunshine Coast Council and the community.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said council recognised the importance of the Healthy Waterways and Catchments Report Card for promoting the values of our waterways and guiding and assessing the effectiveness of our actions to preserve them.

“Healthy waterways and catchments support our valued Sunshine Coast lifestyle and growing economy,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We welcome the very good results for our local catchments, which show that our waterways are in ‘good health’ and are ‘highly used and valued’.

“Our ecological health grades were ‘good’ across all of our four represented catchments – Maroochy River, Mooloolah River, Pumicestone Passage and Stanley River.

“These results are better than the previous year for all three coastal catchments, due to lower rainfall and pollutant runoff and better estuarine water quality.

“Social and economic benefit ratings were ‘very high’ in all three coastal catchments and ‘high’ in the Stanley River catchment, collectively the best results in South-East Queensland.”

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said achieving healthy waterways required strong collaboration with many community, industry and government partners who shared custodianship over the Sunshine Coast’s local waterways and catchments.

"Council is proud of the activities and investments we are delivering to preserve and improve our region’s waterways and catchments,” Cr McKay said.

“This includes our partnership program’s continued support of community environmental groups and individual landowners to improve waterway health, and our Environment Levy funded catchment rehabilitation program improving the condition of riparian lands across our major catchments.

“We have also been coordinating implementation of the Pumicestone Passage and Catchment Action Plan with more than 30 partner organisations to improve water quality, habitats and catchment benefits.

“Despite our positive grades this year we are cognisant of upcoming challenges from climate change and population and economic growth, and our aim will remain focused on continued maintenance or improvement of our waterways over time.

“This will require effective planning and ongoing commitment and augmentation of our current environmental programs.”