SEQ Catchments

New technology restoring flood damaged creeks in Southeast Queensland

Engineered log jams are being used for the first time in South East Queensland to stabilise creek banks and protect high value farmland in Warrill Creek following the January 2013 floods. Continue Reading…

Production set to recover in flood affected parts of SEQ

Many farmers across the Fassifern and Lockyer faced extensive damage during the January 2013 floods, with many struggling to get their properties back into production. Continue Reading…

Federally funded project welcomes long-nosed potaroo

Courtesy Andrew Shipway

A federally funded project aimed at conserving and enhancing wildlife habitat across properties in the Kerry Valley is starting to welcome back wildlife, with a nationally threatened long-nosed potaroo spotted on a cattle property last month. Continue Reading…

148 kilograms of rubbish cleared from Straddies’ beaches

A recent marine debris clean up on Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island, cleared a massive 148 kilograms of debris in just five hours along a four kilometre stretch of coastline – equivalent to what the average Australian household produces in a month!

The debris included thousands of pieces of plastic bits, 530 cylume glow sticks and lots of styrofoam, toothpaste caps and plastic pellets.

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Walkway and viewing platform to protect hidden gem

Tucked away on the North West side of North Stradbroke Island, is a hidden gem known as Myora Springs, which has long had a cultural significance for the Traditional Owner group here, the Quandamooka people, who locally refer to this site as Capembah Springs, which refers to the big hill just south of the Spring.

With a nationally endangered littoral rainforest on one side, and sheltering mangroves on the other, the unique natural beauty of these springs has made it a popular water hole, frequently visited by some of the local schools and universities.

To ensure preservation of this unique spot for future generations, a need was identified to help manage some of the unintentional erosion and a loss of vegetation, including mangrove dieback, that was occurring due to a high number of visitors walking across the area.

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Local wildlife to flourish with community planting

Local wildlife will benefit from a community planting day held on the 23rd March at Homestead Park, Mt Cotton.

Community volunteers helped plant over 800 native trees. This will contribute to more than 12,000 trees being planted in the park to provide koala, wallaby and other wildlife corridors between existing bushland areas.
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Seagrass making a comeback

When you think of seagrass, it probably doesn’t conjure up the same tropical images as if you thought of coral reefs.

It doesn’t have an award winning Pixar movie associated with it or a world famous fish, and sure, it is probably a little less eye catching than the rainbow coloured reefs. But don’t be fooled by its appearance.

Seagrass beds are one of the most important marine environments on earth. They are home to juvenile fish and crustaceans that form the basis of commercial and recreational fisheries. They provide food for dugongs, listed globally as vulnerable to extinction, as well as the vulnerable green turtle.

But according to a scientific study, 58 percent of world’s seagrass meadows are currently declining. There are many factors that contribute to the decline of seagrass, including sediment runoff and algal blooms, but perhaps less known is the damage from block and chain moorings.

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Beef producers invited to grazing workshop

A rotational grazing field day was held for beef cattle producers on a private property at Running Creek in South East Queensland recently.

Rotational grazing is gaining in popularity with local beef producers, as it is can provide a variety of benefits including improved pasture retention and soil moisture, ease of herd management and improved tick control.

The field day involved a tour around the property of local cattle producer Clyde Bain, who has been developing the property for rotational grazing since late 2007.

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