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Report card in: river health steady, but action needed

Published: 22 October 2015

Report card in: river health steady, but action needed
Rod Connolly (left), a scientific advisor to Healthy Waterways, discussing this year’s results with Cr Trevina Schwarz

The latest report card on waterway health in Logan has delivered mixed results, with health ratings holding up while new reporting methods have highlighted the social and economic value of the rivers.

Released today, the 2015 Healthy Waterways Report Card shows the city's main rivers remain in fair to poor environmental health, but are being under-used for social and community purposes such as small-scale tourism and recreation. 
 
Parks, Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair, Cr Trevina Schwarz (Division 11), said the report highlighted the need to maintain a focus on protection - and for community leadership to help drive rehabilitation.

"We've known for some time that the Albert and Logan catchments are in need of rehabilitation," she said.

"Our rivers remain in a consistent condition and we acknowledge we need to lift their ratings over time.

"Runoff is still a concern, as is erosion and scouring, with sediment a key driver of substandard rating.

"Everyone has a role to play – from not throwing litter on the roads and in parks, to land management – in supporting river health for the future."

Cr Schwarz said the rivers were facing pressure from urban development, but were resilient despite this impact, and remained ecologically diverse.

"Importantly, the new star rating system shows that our community – for a range of reasons – aren't using the assets to their full potential," she said.

"We have already begun an award-winning engagement program to provide the tools to landholders for appropriate land management.

"90 per cent of Logan River frontage in the city is owned by private residents – if we are going to turn these results around we need our residents to come with us on the journey.

"Council is taking action, and has a plan, but it's also up to the community – we all have a role to play in helping our rivers.

"Council accepts we need to do more, and we need our community to come with us; recovery is a long process and requires many years of work to see the benefits flow through."

A full list of Council-led recovery initiatives is included below.

Results for the 2015 Healthy Waterways Report Card for Logan rivers are as follows:

River

Condition

Waterway Benefits (out of 5 stars)

Logan River

D

2 ½ stars

Albert River

C-

3 stars


City of Logan River Recovery initiatives, since 2011 (abridged):

Logan Waterways Summit
Logan's Rivers and Wetlands Recovery Plan
Slacks Creek Recovery
Landholder Engagement
The Logan River Plan (beginning later in 2015/16 financial year)
Blackwell Street Wetland Treatment System