MARBURG COMMUNITY CELEBRATES ANOTHER STAGE OF THE BLACK SNAKE CREEK RESCUE PROJECT

 

THE MARBURG COMMUNITY  

 

Mayor Paul Pisasale addressing everyone

 

Cr Heather Morrow  Cr  David Pahlke  MP Jim Madden Mayor Paul Pisasale
And  Cr  Bruce  Casos

 

Cr  David Pahlke   Ipswich West MP Jim Madden Mayor Paul Pisasale
With Landcare  President  Bob Hampson
MARBURG residents joined together on Valentines Day to reconnect with their Black Snake Creek which winds its way through the centre of the Township.
Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said reaching today was indeed a milestone in the ongoing rescue package for the Black Snake Creek. “This plan was entirely owned by the local community via community meetings and seminars held over two years and they can be very proud of what we’ve accomplished working together for Marburg. “I thank the community for the patience they have shown in dealing with some minor access restrictions during the construction period. “I am sure they will appreciate the benefits of this project now that it is fully completed.” Cr Pahlke said the revegetation works had also been designed to recapture the past. “We were also keen to restore the vegetation which had been cleared post settlement throughout areas of the catchment. “This has created a natural environment which is sure to be enjoyed and appreciated by many generations to come. “We are setting about now looking at further erosion and sediment works in the coming months and also revisiting the flooding issues with the involvement of the Ipswich Rivers Improvement Trust.”
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said a celebration and community tree planting session had been held in Queen St, Marburg on the banks of the Black Snake Creek. “Today’s official opening brings to an end a three month $520,000 project which has been funded by council and the State Government Grant through the Department of Local Government’s Community Recovery and Resilience. Cr Pisasale said a key element of the project as the construction of 2.2m concrete pathway along Black Snake Creek connecting the Marburg Showgrounds, Main St and homes across the western side of Black Snake Creek. The existing footpath was extended north to include a creek crossing using existing culverts and boardwalks. “This shared use pathway from John St to the showgrounds along the creek includes disability access and an area for horse riders beside the path,” Cr Pisasale said. “I am sure the local community will embrace these new walking trails along Black Snake Creek.” Cr Pisasale said Black Snake Creek was a small but strategic catchment in South-East Queensland and council was committed to ensuring it was enhanced for the future.
Environment and Conservation Committee Chairperson Councillor Heather Morrow said council in partnership with Marburg residents, major stakeholders and E2DesignLab had developed a holistic catchment management plan to address community concerns and existing issues. Cr Morrow said the management plan provided an overview of the catchment and included three separate but closely related action plans to manage the local flood risk and deal with salinity and water quality issues. “These are all issues which had the potential to impact significantly on the environmental, social and economic future of the region and the community of Marburg,” Cr Morrow said. “Using funds from council’s Enviroplan levy and the State Government grant we have worked to improve the health and well-being of Black Snake Creek. “This project involved bank stabilisation works to reduce the risk and impact of flood damage to nearby homes.” ”This significant revegetation of the creek’s banks and gullies was designed to improve this area through erosion and salinity controls and was a vitally important part of this project.”

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