Our day-to-day activities affect the quality of the water and habitat in our local creeks and streams and the vast aquatic playground of Moreton Bay. When it rains, unstable soils and pollutants such as fertilisers, waste, oils from roads and litter wash into the stormwater system, ending up in local creeks, wetlands and estuaries. This can have serious impacts on natural ecosystems, the local economy and quality of life in the Redlands.
The future health of our waterways depends on all residents and businesses keeping our waterways clean by looking after their own backyard.
Redland City Council is committed to improving the health of Redlands’ waterways. The Waterways Extension Program (WEP) is a voluntary and action oriented program that assists private landholders with catchment and waterway management.
Landholders in priority areas are offered technical, practical and financial support to implement projects to improve waterway health by keeping our waterways healthy, clean and free from pollution.
Renaissance Retirement Living at Victoria Point have recently joined the Waterways Extension Program and undertaken an waterway restoration project on a small waterway in the village. The small waterways were eroding in rainfall events, and lacking vegetation along the banks.
A “rock chute and leaky weir” approach was taken on the site, with large angular rock used to shape the waterway. A geo-textile cloth was placed under the rock layer to prevent soil erosion. The site was then planted native rushes (such as Lomandra) amongst the rock work, as a final soil holding measure and to provide habitat for frogs reptiles and small mammals.
The project has been a great example of working together to achieve real water quality and environmental outcomes on private land.