Waterways cleared of flood debris
NEARLY 200kms of rivers and creeks in the Lockyer and Somerset regions have already been cleared of remaining flood debris in an effort to improve local catchments.
The mid-Brisbane River received the worst grading in the south-east corner in the annual Healthy Waterways report card released this week.
Somerset Regional councillor Jim Madden said the council had committed with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council to repair the Lockyer and Brisbane Rivers.
Speaking at a Healthy Waterways event this week Cr Madden said 39km of the Lockyer Creek, 36km of the Brisbane River and 7.6km of the Ferny Gully near Fernvale had been cleared of debris left after the flood in the Somerset Region.
"The first stage of the project involved debris removal and is in the process of being completed," he said. "The second stage will involve restoration of the environment and improving resilience against future flooding."
The mid-Brisbane and the Lockyer were two of the worst performing catchments according to the Healthy Waterways report card, receiving an F and a D+ respectively.
Other Ipswich region rivers received better reports with the Bremer and upper-Brisbane catchments being given a C grading.
The mid-Brisbane catchment runs south from the Wivenhoe Dam wall into western Brisbane.
Cr Madden said the clean-up of the waterways had already seen around 30 tonnes of man-made debris removed in the Somerset regional alone.
Around $1.2m of funding for the project had been provided by the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements and the now defunct State Government Department of Environment and Resource Management.