Rehabilitation of the Maroochy River confluence
  • Last updated:
  • 02 Aug 2020

article by Peter Armstrong, Catchment Management Officer, Sunshine Coast Council

Imagine sitting in a canoe, gently gliding along the water and listening to bird calls while being quietly watched by a Black-necked Stork perched majestically in its huge platform nest, far above in a large tree growing by the water’s edge. No, you are not in Kakadu – you are on the Maroochy River, just downstream of the Bruce Highway near Yandina! This is the vision of the Maroochy River Rehabilitation Project. The three year project, funded by the Environment Levy, is now underway.

The project aims to rehabilitate approximately 13 hectares of riparian areas and ex-cane land along a five kilometre span of the South and North Maroochy Rivers. The areas to be treated include several council managed esplanade areas and two private properties. Ten landholders are involved in the project, assisting us by providing access to the esplanades and by changing land management practices, such as ceasing to slash and excluding stock from the works areas. Areas shown in blue.

Some native vegetation such as Lomandra and grand old eucalypts still cling onto the banks of the Maroochy River in this area. However, significant amounts of weed are also present with the usual suspects on the list - camphor laurel, privet and lantana to name a few. There are also large areas of pasture grass that will provide a blank canvas on which we will establish 11,000 tube stock and recreate a landscape resembling the Regional Ecosystems present before the land was cleared for farming. Over time we will see the development of a far healthier biodiversity corridor providing links to the Coulson Wharf and Mount Ninderry Bushland Conservation Reserves and beyond.

The contract for this project was awarded via a tender process to Maroochy Catchment Services, a commercial enterprise of locally based Maroochy Waterwatch Inc.