Debris still litters our waterways

MORE than a year after the floods, cars, water tanks and downed trees remain strewn throughot Lockyer Valley waterways.

With much of the valley's rivers on private property, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council has been unable to discover the full extent of debris remaining.

However, aerial surveillance of the valley's creeks has found objects as large as cars and water tanks still left in waterways.

The helicopter survey, funded through SEQ Catchments, has allowed the council to finalise plans to remove the debris.

Lockyer Valley council CEO Ian Flint said GPS data from the helicopter had been downloaded and used to develop plans to have debris moved.

"We have been working hard to clear our creek systems, removing hundreds of tonnes worth of debris and rubbish, and when the opportunity arose to conduct aerial surveillance, we jumped at the chance," he said.

"By using a helicopter, we were able to achieve in a day what would take ground teams months to complete.

"From the air we were able to see into thick vegetation that simply isn't possible from the ground."

Mr Flint said by using the state of the art GPS tracking system, the council was able to easily mark the debris for removal.

"During the aerial surveillance we discovered hidden cars, water tanks and fallen trees that need to be removed," he said.

However, Mr Flint said the council still needed the support of residents to locate smaller pieces of debris.

"While we have endeavoured to do all we can to ensure we haven't missed anything, council is still asking property owners to report any significant debris that they may be aware of.

"Once planning has been done, contractors will be employed to remove the rubbish."

Anyone who has information about large debris still located in or around local waterways is asked to call the Lockyer Valley Regional Council on 5462 0362.



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