Report card shows benefits of investment in catchment care
  • Thursday 02 November 2017

Sunshine Coast Council has welcomed this year’s Healthy Land and Water report card which gave all of the region’s catchments and waterways a good or excellent rating.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay, who attended today’s report card release at Bribie Island, said council was committed to ensuring the region’s waterways and wetlands were healthy, resilient to change and valued by the community.

“Achieving healthy waterways requires strong collaboration with many community, industry and government partners who share custodianship over our local waterways and catchments,” Cr McKay said.

“Council is incredibly proud of the activities and investments that we are delivering to preserve and improve our waterways and catchments, including the implementation of a second Pumicestone Passage Catchment Action Plan with 25 active partner organisations to improve water quality, habitats and catchment benefits.

This year, council invested around $1.2 million through the Environment Levy into delivering on-ground environmental projects, including the catchment rehabilitation program which assists to improve the condition of riparian lands across our major catchments.

“In the Mary River catchment alone, we have invested $300,000 and planted 45,000 plants and rehabilitated two kilometres of riparian habitat,” Cr McKay said.

“Council’s Environment and Liveability Strategy, which we adopted earlier this year, also ensures council is well positioned to respond to the changes ahead, including the predicted impacts from population growth and climate change that will present both challenges and opportunities to achieve our goal of good to excellent ecological health across our catchments.

“Of course council can’t do all of this alone, and we continue to greatly value the partnerships we have with community environmental groups and individual landowners to improve waterway health.

“We welcome the very good results for our local catchments which show that our waterways remain in good to excellent health and are highly used and valued.”