River Vision

River Vision documents our 50-year vision for Logan’s waterways, from 2017 to 2067. River Vision was developed from community ideas and feedback. It has three key themes:

  1. river play – our rivers are places where the community can connect with water in a fun and playful way
  2. river destinations – our rivers are places to visit
  3. river health – we’re addressing the community’s concern about long-term river health.

Our River Vision includes specific projects for the Logan River Vision and Albert River Vision.

Logan River Vision

Our vision is for the Logan River to continue to provide many benefits for residents and visitors.

Logan River is a place of spiritual significance and a natural resource for drinking, irrigation, leisure and recreation. It is also a key wildlife corridor from the mountains to the bay.

In 2016, Logan residents told us what they want the Logan River to be like in 50 years' time. Residents submitted stories, activities and ideas of their vision for the river.

Logan River Vision (PDF 4 MB).

Current Logan River Vision Projects

Riverside parks rehabilitation

We are planting native species along riverbanks to:

  • improve bank stability and water quality
  • improve habitat connection
  • suppress weed growth
  • reduce sediment run-off.

The Logan Riverside Parks Riparian Rehabilitation Project has removed significant environmental weeds like:

  • castor oil
  • camphor laurel
  • creeping cats claw
  • coastal morning glory.

We have planted over 39,900 native tubestock at these riverside parks:

  • Malling Park (Waterford)
  • Cochrane’s Bridge Park (Woodhill)
  • Newstead Park (Buccan)
  • Lake Breeze (Loganholme)
  • Federation Drive (Bethania)
  • Samuel and Agnes Smith Park (Buccan)
  • Lions Riverside Park (Jimboomba)
  • Wendt Park (Chambers Flat)
  • Larry Story Park (Waterford)
  • Riverdale Park (Meadowbrook)
  • Logan River Parklands (Beenleigh)
  • Wendt Park (Chambers Flat)
  • Spann Park (Waterford West)
  • Bethania Shores (Bethania)

Litter Reduction Campaign Trial

Litter in our parks, natural areas and waterways is unpleasant to look at, costly to pick up and dispose of and has negative effects on wildlife.

In July 2020, a Litter Reduction Campaign Trial was undertaken at Riverdale Park (situated on the Logan River). The trial was to assess if educational messaging and simple infrastructure changes could reduce litter and waste in the park.

We converted 5 general waste bins in the park to recycling bins. We put stickers on the sides of the bins to identify them as general waste or recycling. The stickers also included information like where other bins in the park were located and the phone number to call if the bin is full. Chalk stencils were also placed along pathways in the park, encouraging park users to pick up litter and put it in the bin.

Between July and October 2020 we conducted three one-week audits. One before the bin conversion, one mid trial and one towards the end of the trial to find out if any changes to waste disposal behaviours occurred. These audits collected over 580kg of waste. Results showed that the correct use of the recycling bins increased over the duration of the trial for 4 out of the 5 bins.

As well as the audits, we conducted a weekend survey at the end of the trial. This survey aimed to give us a better understanding of park users’ attitude towards litter in general. It was pleasing to see that most park users wanted to do the right thing. They were willing to make a change for the environment and the aesthetics of the park by:

  • not littering
  • picking up others’ litter
  • put rubbish in another bin, or
  • taking rubbish home if the bins were full.

Logan River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan

The Logan River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan resulted from the Logan River Vision, which identified opportunities to use the river to promote tourism and improve economic potential.

The Concept Plan guides the planning, investment and delivery of practical projects to achieve our vision by identifying:

  • the value of the river as an attraction
  • visitor interest in recreational activities
  • existing formal access points
  • park facilities at riverside parks
  • current use of access points and riverside park facilities.

To date we have undertaken the following Logan River Accessibility and Connectivity projects:

  • Lower, Mid and Upper Logan River Canoe and Kayak Trail Scoping studies
  • Logan and Albert River Canoe and Kayak Trail river access works and interactive map
  • Logan River Trail Wayfinding and Interpretive Signs
  • Logan River Trail Furniture Art Seating at Larry Story Park, with Federation Drive Reserve and Samuel and Agnes Smith Park to be delivered by June 2021.

 

Albert River Vision

The Albert River is an important waterway, a place of spiritual significance and a natural resource for the region. It supports Logan City’s business, industry, aquaculture, recreation and tourism sectors.

Over eight weeks in 2017, we talked to the community about their vision for the Albert River over the next 50 years. We received a large number of very positive comments. The community’s ideas helped us to develop the Albert River Vision to promote the river as a key environmental, economic and social asset for the City of Logan.Albert River Vision (PDF 2.5 MB)

Current Albert River Vision Projects

Belivah Creek

Find out how we are restoring Belivah Creek.

Windaroo Creek

Windaroo Creek is home to the vulnerable grey headed flying-fox and the platypus.

We aim to improve and increase the connectivity of endangered lowland subtropical rainforest along the Windaroo Creek catchment.

In 2019, about 35,000m2 of degraded riparian habitat was restored by planting 6,200 native tubestock and removing weeds like:

  • castor oil
  • pepper tree
  • coastal morning glory
  • singapore daisy.

This site is currently under on-going maintenance. For more information about Windaroo Creek, please see Windaroo.

Eagleby

The Eagleby Wetlands are an important recreational park and environmental asset to our city. The park is a popular visitor destination, with many natural areas.

The Eagleby Wetlands has been invaded by para grass, which has many negative impacts. Para grass reduces native vegetation, habitat availability and water quality. It also impacts on the appearance of the area.

In 2019, about 4,500m2 of para grass was removed and replaced with over 1,500 native tubestock. Following on, in 2020 approximately 3,000m2 of para grass was further removed and replaced with over 2,500 native tube stock.

Rehabilitation of the Eagleby Wetlands is an opportunity to improve water quality in the Albert catchment. It will also contribute to improved environmental outcomes downstream.

For more information about Eagleby Wetlands, please see Eagleby.

Wolffdene South Reserve

Wolffdene South Reserve is situated on the Albert River at Wolffdene.

To support the aims of the Albert River Vision and to complement the existing planting in the Reserve, a variety of weeds (like balloon vine and cats claw creeper) were removed.

Over 1900 native trees, shrubs and grasses were planted along the riverbank during 2020. This site is currently under on-going maintenance.

Luscombe Park

Luscombe Park is situated on the Albert River at Luscombe, just across the road from Wolffdene South Reserve.

This Park contains some locally significant species like Macadaemia integrifolia. In October 2020, a mixture of over 330 native grasses, shrubs and trees were planted along the Park’s riverbank. This site is currently under on-going maintenance.

Ongoing weed removal is undertaken at the park focussing in particular on lantana and the invasive cat’s claw creeper. This is important in making sure these native plants have the best opportunity to grow and flourish.  

The rehabilitation of the Wolffdene South Reserve and Luscombe Park contributes towards a green and connected corridor along the Albert River, benefitting wildlife, plants and people alike.

Albert River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan

The Albert River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan resulted from the Albert River Vision, which identified opportunities to use the river to promote tourism and improve economic potential.

The Concept Plan guides the planning, investment and delivery of practical projects to achieve our vision by identifying:

  • the value of the river as an attraction
  • visitor interest in recreational activities
  • existing formal access points
  • park facilities at riverside parks
  • current use of access points and riverside park facilities.

To date we have undertaken the following Albert River Accessibility and Connectivity projects:

  • Lower, Mid and Upper Albert River Canoe and Kayak Trail Scoping studies
  • Logan and Albert River Canoe and Kayak Trail river access works and interactive map
  • Albert River Wayfinding Signs
  • Eagleby Wetlands Bank Stabilisation investigations.

Joint Logan and Albert River Vision Projects

River Trees

In 2017, we developed the River Trees Program to help improve the natural values of the Logan and Albert Rivers. We have planted 22,922 native plants since we established the River Trees Program.

The River Trees Program is delivered through the Voluntary Restoration agreement. It allows landholders whose property adjoins or has a waterway to apply for free plants to help with the revegetation of waterways.

For more information and to see if you are eligible, please see Environmental Conservation Partnerships.

Logan and Albert Rivers Responsible Fishing Campaign

During 2019 we worked with a local social enterprise company to design and build fishing line and tackle bins out of recycled plastics. These bins aim to make sure fishing line and tackle are disposed of and don't end up in the environment where it can harm or kill wildlife. These bins are now located at key fishing locations, including:

  • Larry Storey Park
  • Skinners Park
  • Albert River Parklands and
  • Tygum Lagoon)

Audits show that between July 2020 and January 2021, 1,880 metres of fishing line was disposed of.

Logan and Albert Rivers Fish Habitat Improvement

To guide fish habitat improvement actions over the coming years, we have developed the:

  • Logan and Albert Rivers Fish Habitat Enhancement Plan 2020-2035, and
  • Fish Habitat Implementation Plan 2020-2025.

Development of these plans is supported by an extensive riverine survey. An external panel of experts reviewed these results. The panel included experts from:

  • industry
  • local government
  • state government
  • Logan and Albert Fish Stocking Association and
  • the university sector.

Citizen Science initiatives

The Logan and Albert River Visions supports citizen science projects. These projects gather information that is used for ongoing monitoring, management and maintenance of the health of these waterways.

For more information about these projects and how you can get involved, see Get involved.

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Recreational Health Water Quality Monitoring

We regularly undertake water quality monitoring of the Logan and Albert Rivers.

This program gathers water quality data to help assess the suitability of the rivers for recreational purposes (like boating / kayaking / fishing etc.) from a public health perspective.

Community engagement

We thank you for the stories, thoughts and ideas, and for creating a vision for what we can see on the Logan and Albert River over the coming years.

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