The $8 million ‘Healthy Country’ project is supporting communities, farmers and scientists to work together to improve water quality in South East Queensland’s catchments and Moreton Bay.
An estimated average of more than 315,000 tonnes of sediment is discharged to Moreton Bay each year from various sources across South East Queensland.
The four-year Healthy Country project focuses on ways to reduce sediments and nutrients entering our waterways locally and in the Bay.
The focus is on three priority catchments, Logan and Bremer Rivers and Lockyer Creek, which have been shown to contribute the majority of sediment to Moreton Bay.
There are four sub-projects under Healthy Country led by:
- SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership (science and planning)
- SEQ Catchments (waterway restoration)
- Queensland Government (sustainable land management)
- South East Queensland Traditional Owners Alliance (Traditional Owner Engagement)
The project will focus on reducing non-urban diffuse source pollutant loads that have been identified in the SEQ Healthy Waterways Strategy as a major contributor to poor water quality and reduced aquatic ecosystem health.