Photo: Cr David Morrison with Local Cr David Pahlke at Cummins Crossing Calvert


A PARTNERSHIP between Ipswich City Council and landowners will help to improve the health of waterways and catchment areas in rural Ipswich.  The revegetation program is expected to begin with work along parts of Franklin Vale Creek, which runs through Mount Mort, Grandchester, Lower Mount Walker and Calvert.  City Works, Parks, Sport and Environment Committee Chairman Councillor David Morrison said the partnership would be funded through the Stormwater Quality Offsets Program.  “This is a targeted approach that will bring benefits to the waterways and in turn the wider catchment areas,” he said.  “Riparian revegetation delivers more than just improvements to water quality.  “Better water quality can also result in increased weight of livestock and reduced erosion while also boosting the safety and visual appeal of our waterways.”


Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said Franklin Vale Creek was identified as one of Ipswich’s priority catchments in 2014.  “We will continue to work with the community to improve the health of the creek, council will pay for and manage the initial revegetation works on private land and will also pay for maintenance over a five-year period for landowners who elect to be part of the program,” he said.  “Information packs will be distributed to relevant landowners outlining the benefits of the program and what is involved, with work expected to begin in the new year.  “The first year will be a pilot for the program but we envisage that there will be an annual investment of about $1 million in the catchment.”

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