Naturalised channel for Caboolture

Moreton Bay Regional Council has naturalised a 230-metre channel at Bluebell Street Park in Caboolture in a bid to improve water quality and manage stormwater runoff.

Council Spokesperson for Waterways and Division 3 Councillor Adam Hain, said the channel was part of a two-stage project worth more than $1 million, which would ultimately support a 6,000 square metre wetland in coming years.

“As part of Stage 1 works, council has planted a variety of trees, shrubs and groundcovers including coast banksia, water gum, weeping lilly pilly among others along the channel; soon we’ll be installing trash nets,” Cr Hain said.

“This project, part of council’s Total Water Cycle Management Plan (TWCMP), was developed to help manage waterways in our region.

“We know stormwater runoff from Bluebell Street Park eventually reaches Caboolture River so it’s important we build assets like naturalised channels and wetlands to manage pollutants before they end up in our rivers.

“Council’s TWCMP provides a framework for balancing growth with the needs of the local environment, and identifying strategies for the long-term management, health and quality of local waterways.

“This Stage 1 project is welcome news for our community and represents an investment in excess of $350,000 as an important first step in improving our waterways and protecting them for future generations.

“Just recently more than 700 kilos of litter was removed from Caboolture River as part of the first six-months of the Clean-Up program.

“It is becoming more important than ever before that we change our behaviour when it comes to littering and this channel naturalisation project is intended to do just that.

“No one likes to see our rivers polluted. The health of our region’s waterways is everyone’s responsibility and small efforts we take now will deliver lasting benefits for future generations.”

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