Slacks Creek Catchment Recovery Project

Catchment overview

Slacks Creek (PDF 1429 KB) flows through the heart of Logan City. It's not the Logan River's biggest tributary but it links some of the city's busiest suburbs to the river. It's the creek you see when you visit IKEA or drive over Compton Road. Slacks Creek has lost much of its naturalness over time as homes, shops and factories have sprung up on surrounding lands and development has reshaped the little streams that feed its waters.

Today Slacks Creek struggles with pollution and erosion as more and more unfiltered storm water gushes in from urban areas after rain. Yet the catchment still supports large wildlife habitat areas and pockets of healthy bush land.

Healthy Waterways award finalist and winner

Logan City Council's Slacks Creek Catchment Recovery Project has taken out top honours at the 2014 Healthy Waterways Awards, claiming the title of Best Government Project and finalist in the Urban Renewal Award category. 

Slacks Creek catchment futures study

Imagine cycling along Slacks Creek from Shailer Park to Logan Central, spotting platypus in deep billabongs, enjoying an outdoor lunch overlooking wetlands or throwing the ball around in a shady, creek-side park.

Slacks Creeks Futures ObjectiveSlacks Creek Futures is about reclaiming lost spaces, the quiet pool where you once swam, the bush land home of your first cubby house or the place you would like to take your mates to fish.

We can't restore Slacks Creek to its former natural state but we can embrace it as a real city asset. We can re-vegetate creek banks, restore environmental corridors, re-establish natural systems and create new spaces to share.

Slacks Creek Catchment Recovery Project is a long-term project to rejuvenate the Slacks Creek Catchment area and is a response to community concerns raised at the Logan Waterways Summit of 2011. It is also a part of Council's broader Logan Rivers and Wetlands Recovery Program.

View the final report and appendices below:

"Slacks Creek will be a vibrant, green corridor bringing people and nature together; inspiring healthy living and creativity."

For more information on Logan's Rivers & Wetlands please email environment@logan.qld.gov.au.

Australian Government funding

Council has a long term commitment to rejuvenate the Slacks Creek Catchment area through the Slacks Creek Recovery Project.

The Australian Government will be funding a large project that is occurring over the next five years in Slacks Creek (The Slacks Creek Restoration Project). AustGovt_small

The project will consist of a number of activities, including native revegetation and weed removal, which will be managed by Council and supported by a number of partners.

The major project partners are:

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There are six project sites:                                                                  

  • Compton Road to Moss Street
  • Shailer Pioneer Park
  • Meakin Park
  • Logan City Golf Club
  • Griffith University, Logan Campus
  • Riverdale Park

The project aims to:

  • Revegetate and restore a section of Slacks Creek to increase habitat for wildlife, improve habitat quality, and reconnect areas of existing vegetation
  • Improve water quality, bank stabilisation and pollutant mitigation
  • Increase knowledge and engagement of the community to better conserve, manage and protect natural resources

The project will commence in early 2014 and will run until 2018.

A number of community events and activities will be happening as part of this project.

To be involved, or for more information, please contact Council at environment@logan.qld.gov.au or call 3412 4779.