State Member for Ipswich West, Cr David Pahlke, Cr Heather Morrow,
Marburg Residents Greg Farr and Bob Hampson inspect the plans
A NEW section of footpath in Marburg will connect the showgrounds, Main Street and homes across the western side of Black Snake Creek thanks to funding from council’s Enviroplan program and the Queensland Government. Environment and Conservation Committee Chairperson Councillor Heather Morrow said these works are part of a seamless integrated series of projects to reduce the Black Snake Creek catchment’s salinity, improve water quality and the creek’s value to the community. “Planning for a better local environment is about identifying community projects that can be incorporated into council’s larger ecology and conservation initiatives,” Cr Morrow said. “This is a perfect example of that. “This existing footpath will be extended north and will include a creek crossing using existing culverts and board walks. “Revegetation and stability works of the creek banks this project is valued at just over $500,000. “We’re extremely grateful to the Queensland Government for contributing half of the cost, with the remainder met by Ipswich City Council. “This project will be completed alongside bank stabilisation works to reduce the risk and impact of flood damage to nearby homes,” Cr Morrow said.
Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke supported the funding, and also recognised the role played by Mayor Paul Pisasale and Local Government Minister David Crisafulli in securing this funding. “A community based reference group has been behind the overall plan for the Black Snake Creek,” Cr Pahlke said. “I wish to thank those who have given their time and involvement with a number of studies in the area that have led to the development of this plan. “This current study had its genesis some ten years previous. “Our community reference group has been looking at Salinity, Water Tables, Flooding and erosion and developing a course of action to improve the creek. “The findings are in the public arena presently for consultation and feedback. “This plan is entirely owned by the local community and they can be very proud of what we’ve accomplished working together for Marburg. “A $3.5M Flood Detention Basin was built over 10 years ago, and has saved the Township from far worse in recent years. “More Flooding Infrastructure is still to come and the study will return to the reference group very shortly for further discussion.”
State Member for Ipswich West Sean Choat said this project is the result of the Newman Government, Ipswich City Council and the Marburg community working together. “I’m very proud to be a member of the team that delivered this project for Marburg,” Mr Choat said. “This is the result of council and the state government together finding solutions we can work on in the best interests of the community. “I love Black Snake Creek and spending time here with my family whenever I get the chance. “This new footpath makes this whole area much more accessible for locals and visitors to the area. “Ipswich West residents are passionate about the world class lifestyle we enjoy out here and I’m totally committed to doing everything I can to bring in any projects that support or improve their enjoyment of the area. “When I spoke to Campbell Newman about this funding he said, mate, if it’s what the community wants then you get out there and get it for them. “I’m pleased to announce today, that’s exactly what I’ve done.” Mr Choat said. A total of $250,000 has been awarded for the restoration of Black Snake Creek with funding provided by the Queensland Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies program. Council will match this funding