The Moreton Bay Region has a large diversity of waterways ranging from upland streams of the D’Aguilar Range to the estuaries connecting the coastal rivers and streams to Moreton Bay.
Importance of waterways
Waterways are important, not only because of the intrinsic values of their diverse aquatic ecosystems, but also for their role in providing water as a commodity.
Waterways also provide many recreational uses. In order to maintain these values and uses, we need to protect our streams and to maintain or enhance them to the best possible condition (or best possible ecological health).
Moreton Bay Regional Council is committed to improve the region's environment, including streams, foreshores and coastal areas. As the region continues to experience high population growth, the pressure on our waterways will also increase.
Past and future landuse activities, including residential, industrial, commercial and agricultural landuse, adversely affect water quality and waterway health.
Concerted management and action by government, community and industry can prevent, reduce or reverse the decline in waterway health.
Since the publication of the South East Queensland Regional Water Quality Management Strategy 2001, management plans for a range of catchments and waterways throughout the Moreton Bay region have been prepared (see below).
The information of these plans assists Council's statutory and non-statutory planning and development assessment processes, and land managers (e.g. developers, industry, farmers, residents and government), in relation to stormwater management, and water quality with consideration of water quantity, ecological health and recreation.
Healthy Waterways survey
In partnership with Moreton Bay Regional council and other
members, Healthy Waterways recently conducted a survey to gain a
better understanding of how the South East Queensland community
use, value and perceive their waterways, particularly from a
recreational user point of view.
'Fun and enjoyment' was the highest rated benefit received from
recreation in waterways and 'Cleanliness of water' was rated as the
factor of highest importance when it comes to choosing a waterway
Read more of the results on the Healthy Waterways website.