Australia: Government OKs Money for Northern Brisbane Projects

Two waterways in Northern Brisbane will benefit from a $300,000 investment by the Queensland Government.

Member for Clayfield Tim Nicholls said the funding would be delivered as part of the Queensland Regional Natural Resources Management Investment Program.

“There is a one hectare zone of mangroves, marine couch and salt marsh at the edge of the Brisbane River, which has a very high potential for fishing and recreation,” Mr Nicholls said.

However, the shoreline zone at Myrtletown that buffers the northern banks of the River has been degraded by illegal dumping and vehicle traffic, leaving the area in a very poor condition.

“Project managers SEQ Catchments will clean, define, repair and protect a 150 metre reach of the shoreline zone.”

Mr Nicholls said a second project targeting Kedron Brook would deliver improved water quality and bank stability.

“The reach at Schulz Canal was badly damaged by the January 2011 flood and has left the exposed bank infested with weeds,” he said.

“Stabilising this reach, removing the weeds and planting vegetation will also protect Albert Bishop Park by reducing erosion and enhancing mangrove development.

“SEQ Catchments will target the 100 metre long reach of Kedron Brook immediately downstream of the Hedley Avenue stormwater discharge pipe at the eastern end of Albert Bishop Park.”

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the restoration projects were two of six state strategic projects to improve water quality for South-East Queensland waterways.

More than $1 million will be invested in these projects to restore creeks and improve water quality and local ecosystems, and will be completed by mid-2015,” Mr Cripps said.

Press Release, April 15, 2014

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