Rivers and Wetlands Recovery Program
The Logan Rivers and Wetlands Recovery Program represents a significant policy and engagement approach founded on a common vision; localised collaboration; community engagement; and a whole of system understanding.
The program, which is currently in development, will work to address the decline in waterway health and amenity through a program of activating, beautifying and cleaning our creeks, rivers and wetlands.
- Developing Council's Total Water Cycle Management Plan
- Planning Scheme policy development
- Slacks Creek Catchment Recovery Project
- Blackwell Street Wetland Jimmy Phillips Park (PDF 801 KB)
- Water Sensitive Urban Design
- Waterway Knowledge System
Collaboration and partnership
- Coordinating Healthy Waterways activities throughout the Logan-Albert River catchment
- Working with State and Local Government agencies
- Liaising and supporting catchment groups
- Collaborating with Griffith University and the Australian Rivers Institute
- Contributing and reporting on the Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program
- Collaborating with the TERN Super Site Project
- Supporting the Logan Historical Land Use Project
- Supporting environmental events
- Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF)
- School based education
- Developing the Logan River 'narrative'
- Responding and investigating water pollution incidents
- Lakes management planning
- Erosion and sediment control education and training
- Logan and Albert River Clean Up
The waterways that dissect Logan have integral economic, environmental and social values and are an important component of the cityscape, contributing to the character, liveability and lifestyle of the region.
However, escalating pressure on waterways is impacting on the ecosystem health, functioning and resilience of these systems with repercussions for business, industry, tourism, recreation and public health.
The importance of waterways to the local community was supported by the 2010 and 2011 Logan Listens: Residents' Survey, which indicated that the Logan community values waterways immensely and that the effective management of these community assets is a priority.
In responding to these documented concerns, it was imperative that the Logan community was engaged, empowered and had ownership of the issues and the respective solutions. The 2011 Logan Waterways Summit became a focal point for this engagement, bridging community aspiration with 'whole of catchment' ideas, research opportunities and actions.
The direction of the Logan Rivers and Wetlands Recovery Program has been comprehensively informed by the summit and the resultant summit Outcomes Report as well as ongoing discussion with catchment partners and stakeholders.
The program represents a 'back to basics' approach with a focus on enhancing social capital.
Guided by the principles of A, B, C, the activation of waterway landscape features will be fundamental to ensure that these key community assets continue to provide lifestyle and environmental benefits and value-add to the cities image as an attractive and sustainable destination to live, work and visit.
There are several economic, social and environmental drivers that are supporting the development and policy direction of the 'Recovery' program.
- Community - As demonstrated by the participation and involvement at the Logan Waterways Summit, there is an active and engaged local community who are supportive and committed to a collaborative partnership process.
- Policy - National, state and regional policy is reforming, aligning and integrating water policy to improve water resource efficiency, water quality and the maintenance of environmental flow.
- Local policy - The interim Community Plan (City Directions 2026) sets out the vision for Logan as a city of opportunity with the health of the Logan and Albert Rivers central to this vision. This is complemented by the strategic intent of the Corporate Plan (2009-2014).
- Economic - The environmental decline will have significant impacts on sectors such as agriculture, nature based tourism and recreation as well as escalating water treatment and environmental rehabilitation costs.
- Lifestyle - The local rivers and wetlands are a core component of the city and have inherent aesthetic, cultural and recreational value. Activating these landscapes will be fundamental to ensure that these community assets continue to provide lifestyle opportunities and add to the cities image as an attractive and sustainable destination to live, work and visit.
- Population - Projections indicate that the projected population of Logan City will be between 381,385 and 518,750 people (low and high projection) by 2031.
- River health - The ecosystem health and resilience of the Logan and Albert River catchment, as documented by the annual Healthy Waterways Report Card is poor.