TEAM EFFORT: Anne Clarke and Dr Nick Schofield launch the Oxley Creek and Bremer River Twinning Project.
TEAM EFFORT: Anne Clarke and Dr Nick Schofield launch the Oxley Creek and Bremer River Twinning Project. David Nielsen

Twinning project to improve Bremer River's F on report card

THE Bremer River is destined for a makeover, thanks to the new river 'twinning' project launched by the International River Foundation.

Oxley Creek Catchment Association executive officer Anne Clarke said Oxley Creek won the IRF National River Prize in 2009 and had now teamed with Bremer River to improve water quality in both waterways.

"Twinning is where one river basin works with another and they talk with local council groups to try to improve the quality of both catchments," she said.

"We're hoping that this launch will begin a learning process for us and the local community.

"Ipswich City has done a lot of work on the Bremer River and at Bundamba Creek. A lot of exciting things have been done so we're hoping we can help to do even more."

The state of the Bremer River is anything but healthy, Mrs Clarke says.

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"The water quality of the Bremer River affects the quality of the Brisbane River which then affects the water quality in Moreton Bay," she said.

"Bremer has scored an 'F' on its Healthy Waterways report card for water quality so we hope to improve that."

Member for Ipswich Ian Berry said Ipswich residents should not take healthy waterways for granted.

"I grew up near the Brisbane River and I have a love for rivers and creeks," he said.

"I always swam and canoed as a boy; in my life the river has always been a great place for me.

"However it is one of those things we take for granted, to have a dedicated crew of people to help us look after it is a great thing for Ipswich and for Queensland."

The Oxley Creek-Bremer River twinning project is part of the Peaks to Points festival, an arts and cultural festival celebrating the diverse natural environment of greater Brisbane's southern region from Ipswich to Moreton Bay.

The Peaks to Points Festival runs until August 3.

For more information on activities during the festival, visit peakstopoints.com.au



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