Councils, community collaborate to protect Logan River
Thousands of native trees have been planted along the banks of the Logan River to reduce sediment loss, protect against severe weather events, and ultimately, improve the water quality and health of Moreton Bay.
Logan and Scenic Rim councils have collaborated with private landowners to plant 4,500 trees along a stretch of the Logan River at Woodhill and Allenview. Within coming months, another 3,000 trees will be planted along the riverbank at Allenview as part of Stage Two.
The planting is being delivered as part of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) Resilient Rivers Initiative, which aims to bring councils, relevant water entities and bodies, and the community together to achieve a coordinated approach to catchment management in South East Queensland.
Scenic Rim Regional Council Mayor, Cr Greg Christensen, acknowledged the important role that landowners played in working with local councils to protect South East Queensland’s rivers, creeks and catchments.
“The majority of land around our catchments is privately owned, therefore it is important that councils and the community work collaboratively to improve the health of the catchment and secure this prime agricultural land for future use,” said Mayor Christensen.
“The Logan River has copped a battering in recent years so this planting will play a critical role in revitalising the riverbank and securing it against future weather events. We’re keen to work with more landowners in the catchment to protect their farmlands, the surrounding waterways and wildlife.”
Logan City Council Interim Administrator, Ms Tamara O’Shea, said a collaborative approach to protecting the Logan River would help deliver the best possible outcomes for the catchment and communities along the city's waterways.
“Creeks and rivers don’t adhere to local government boundaries,” Ms O’Shea said.
“Sediment from the Scenic Rim will flow through Logan and eventually out into Moreton Bay.
“It is important that Logan takes responsible environmental actions to help improve the wider South East Queensland region and we are doing that.”
Landowners along the Logan River who are interested in participating in future Resilient Rivers projects are encouraged to contact the Catchment Management Officer on 07 3412 3412 (Logan) or 07 5540 5111 (Scenic Rim) for further information.
The Resilient Rivers Initiative was created in December 2014 with the aim of collaboratively improving the health and resilience of South East Queensland's catchments, rivers and Moreton Bay. The Logan Albert Catchment Action Plan was a key output of the Resilient Rivers Initiative.