Australia: Water Minister Inspects River System Erosion Hot Spots

Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle has undertaken an aerial inspection of the Lockyer Creek and mid-Brisbane river systems ahead of the upcoming wet season.

Mr McArdle said following significant rain in South East Queensland at the beginning of the year sediment from the Lockyer catchment caused major problems at Mr Crosby Water Treatment Plant.

It is important to see first-hand the condition of Brisbane’s water supply catchment,” Mr McArdle said.

The build up of sediment earlier this year temporarily closed the major water treatment plant for Brisbane City, the Mt Crosby treatment plant.

Since then, Seqwater and Queensland Urban Utilities which distributes water from its reservoirs, have undertaken planning to improve operations as well as their response, if a similar event were to occur.

However, the condition of the catchments still remains a concern.

Seqwater Acting CEO Peter Dennis said catchment condition was key to improving raw water quality in the region’s dams and rivers and ultimately protecting our drinking water supply.

The state of our catchments has a major impact on the quality of water we are required to treat at Mt Crosby. Understanding the challenges we face is the first step in developing a whole of catchment solution,’’ Mr Dennis said.

A rehabilitated catchment over the longer term will be the most cost effective option to protect drinking water.’’

Australian Rivers Institute Deputy Director Professor Jon Olley said the problems could be fixed.

We have known how to fix this issue for more than a decade and this visit enabled the Minister to assess what is required,” he said.

Multiple studies have shown that the primary issue is the poor condition of the channel – most of it has been cleared of trees over the last 100 years and this clearing has destabilised the channel network.

Improving the condition of the channel network will not only ensure Brisbane’s water supply but also provide protection for Moreton Bay the ultimate recipient of the sediment.”

Press Release, December 6, 2013


Share this article

Follow Dredging Today


<< Aug 2019 >>
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

Eastern Chapter WEDA Fall 2019 Conference

Wednesday (10/16/19) afternoon will start the program with an opportunity to take the Dredging 101 course.

read more >

10TH Annual Conference Dredging in India

The conference will focus on strategies and solutions to meet the future dredging requirements…

read more >

Australasian Coasts and Ports 2019

Conference Theme “Future directions from 40°S and beyond” reflects the increasing awareness about the need to find suitable…

read more >

PORTS Conference

The PORTS Conference series is internationally recognized as an outstanding opportunity to network with…

read more >


Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...


Dredging jobs in Abu Dhabi at NMDC

National Marine Dredging Company “NMDC” aims to be the largest dredging player in the Arab’s Gulf region...


Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below....