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River visioning starts with field work

Published: 27 June 2016

River visioning starts with field work

A major community engagement project to visualise how the Logan community would want to use the Logan River over the next 50 years was launched at Jimboomba Field Days on Saturday and Sunday 25-26 June.

The project will develop a new holistic river plan for economic development, local businesses, industry, aquaculture, tourism, transportation, conservation and recreation, from the city border in the west to the river’s passage into Moreton Bay in the east.

Focusing community views on these opportunities, as well as existing uses such as agriculture, Logan River Vision aims to develop an action plan to harness the economic potential of the river.

Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair, Lisa Bradley, said the project would aim to canvass as many views as possible, with nothing off limits for consideration.

“For a number of reasons, planning along the river corridor has historically been average at best,” she said.

“We have learnt a lot about the economic and social value of waterways, and Council thinks it’s time to change our approach to the ways we regard the Logan River.

“While we can’t undo a lot of the decisions made in the past, we can start to change how we use one of the region’s best natural assets.

“Council wants to hear from the community – anglers, boaties, walkers, kayakers, families, farmers, occasional visitors and everyone in between.

“Importantly, we want to hear the biggest and boldest ideas for the river, whether it’s for an angler’s paradise or replanted for conservation, or even the development of better access or a dedicated event space to feature the river.

“Now it’s over to the community – we want your ideas, passion and vision for the Logan River in the next 50 years.”

At the Waterways Summit in 2011, the community outlined its vision for waterways across the greater Logan region.

As a result of the Summit the Logan Rivers and Wetlands Recovery Plan was produced which recommended the Logan River Vision as a key action.

Cr Bradley said Council staff had worked hard on a number of activities, including the Slacks Creek Recovery Strategy, pioneered new water treatment options such as the Blackwell Street Wetlands project, and undertaken extensive education programs with rural landholders.

“Out of the Waterways Summit, Council undertook several strategic planning exercises that have informed our direction in other parts of the city,” she said.

“These projects are well underway now, meaning it is time to turn our attention to the city’s major waterways.

“This next step in the journey will focus our attention directly on the Logan River and its long-term future.”

A number of community consultation events are planned for the coming months where the community will be able to speak to Council staff in person.

A dedicated web page has also been developed where ideas can be left at any time of the day or night.

Consultation runs until mid-August. Visit www.rivervision.com.au for more information and to share your connection and vision for the river.