New streambank erosion project

NEW STREAMBANK EROSION PROJECT

15 MAY 2023

A new $2.53 million project will reduce streambank erosion in the Ingham area of the Herbert River catchment.

Terrain NRM will be working with landholders bordering Herbert River and Stone River on projects to improve both their land and the water flowing through this catchment to the Great Barrier River.

This project is part of a $6 million investment by the Queensland Government to stem the flow of sediment into the Great Barrier Reef. Funding has been provided for projects in the Lower Burdekin, Herbert River and Fitzroy River catchments.

Building on five years of work with landholders

Terrain NRM’s CEO Stewart Christie welcomed the news, saying the project would build on five years of work with landholders in the Herbert catchment.

“With a range of engineering solutions and improved land management practices, our sediment reduction projects have prevented several thousand tonnes of sediment from reaching the Great Barrier Reef each year,’’ he said.

Herbert a priority for sediment reduction

“The Herbert catchment is a priority for sediment reduction in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef zone. We’ve been remediating gully and streambank erosion sites through engineering work including rock walls, pile fields and rock chutes.

“Thanks to this funding we will be able to extend this work through more engineered structures on direct river frontage, coupled with more revegetation activities and work with landholders.”

Queensland’s Environment and Great Barrier Reef Minister Meaghan Scanlon said sediment run-off was one of the biggest pressures on the Great Barrier Reef, smothering corals, seagrasses and other plants, affecting their growth and survival as well as the survival of turtles, dugongs, fish and other animals that depend on them for food and shelter.

“This latest investment will make a substantial contribution to reducing sediment run-off and will continue to create more jobs in regional communities.”

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