Council proactive on healthy waterways management
  • Thursday 23 October 2014

Sunshine Coast Council is taking a four-pronged approach to managing healthy waterways, noting partnerships, funding, knowledge and reporting as the key to success.

Councillor Jenny McKay holds Council’s Environment Portfolio and said effective management is a challenge, which no one organisation can achieve in isolation.

“It’s a long road, but Council is actively working with the community, industry, organisations and other levels of government to deliver real results,” Cr McKay said.

“Good planning helps and Council’s Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy 2011 – 2021 provides a strong platform to guide our operational activities and decision making.

Some key highlights delivered through Council’s Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy 2011 – 2021 include:

  • $1.1 Million invested over 4 years into enhancing riparian corridors of the Mooloolah River
  • commencement of a $450,000, 6.5km rehabilitation project at Bells Creek as part of the Pumicestone Passage and Catchment Action Plan developed by the catchment stakeholders
  • investment of $384,000 and support for 111 landholders to protect and enhance the natural assets on their properties
  • $550,000 partnership investment with local environmental groups.

Cr McKay also highlighted the preparation of catchment specific plans as a key strategy action, which will help Council to better understand catchment values, challenges and to implement appropriate responses.

“The Pumicestone Passage and Catchment Action Plan is well underway and we are in the process of developing a Maroochy Catchment Action Plan”.