RECOVERY EFFORT: SEQ Catchments chief executive Simon Warner, Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann and Councillor Kirsten Moriarty with the Murra Innovations team who are working to restore the Lockyer Catchment.
RECOVERY EFFORT: SEQ Catchments chief executive Simon Warner, Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann and Councillor Kirsten Moriarty with the Murra Innovations team who are working to restore the Lockyer Catchment. Contributed

Group's flood fightback

THE long process of flood recovery for the Lockyer Creek is being helped along by a team of environmental students.

The recovery program is being run by SEQ Catchments and the Somerset and Lockyer Valley regional councils.

They have enlisted the assistance of Murra Innovations, an organisation working with indigenous unemployed to help rebuild the creek.

Sixteen Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island students are involved in restoring sections of the Lockyer Creek catchment which remain damaged after the 2011 floods.

The floods caused significant damage to the banks of the Lockyer, washing away soil and removing vegetation.

SEQ Catchments chief executive Simon Warner said there were plenty of sites along the Lockyer Creek remaining in need of restoration.

"This program will assist landholders along selected areas of the creek with bank stabilisation, weed control, revegetation and fencing of riparian areas," he said.

"This is a significant investment into this region to ensure long term resilience of this catchment."

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann commended the efforts of the Murra Innovations team.

"The work they are carrying out will go a long way to restoring our creek banks and for that we are very grateful," he said.

"This program is also hugely beneficial to the students involved as they learn about the environment and how their work helps provide a stronger Lockyer."

While the creek restoration program is progressing with the help of Murra Innovations the work will continue until mid next year.

SEQ Catchments have been working to repair flood damaged creeks across the Ipswich region including the Lockyer Creek, parts of the Brisbane River and in the Scenic Rim.



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