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December

Conservation project launched to enhance koala habitat Conservation project launched to enhance koala habitat

10-Dec-2013

Conservation project launched to enhance koala habitat

A new koala conservation project that will see 11,500 koala habitat trees planted and established at Grandchester near Ipswich was officially launched Sunday 8th December. Read more… 


November

Minister visits flood recovery sites Minister visits flood recovery sites

26-Nov-2013

Minister visits flood recovery sites

SEQ Catchments has been working with almost 50 landholders in the Fassifern and Lockyer to strengthen the resilience of the creeks in these catchments to future flooding. Last week Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, the Honourable Andrew Cripps, visited one of the focus areas along Laidley Creek. Read more… 

SEQ Catchments Annual Report 2013 now available online SEQ Catchments Annual Report 2013 now available online

21-Nov-2013

SEQ Catchments Annual Report 2013 now available online

This year SEQ Catchments has produced a combined Annual and Sustainability Report for the 2012-13 reporting period. Read more… 

Special guest speaker Mr Michael Paramor AM for SEQ Catchments AGM Special guest speaker Mr Michael Paramor AM for SEQ Catchments AGM

11-Nov-2013

Special guest speaker Mr Michael Paramor AM for SEQ Catchments AGM

SEQ Catchments is happy to announce special guest speaker Mr Michael Paramor AM, Greening Australia’s Special Initiatives Executive, will address its Annual General Meeting to be held in Brisbane on Friday, 22 November 2013. Read more… 

October

Call for decisive action on soil run-off to improve the health of Moreton Bay Call for decisive action on soil run-off to improve the health of Moreton Bay

25-Oct-2013

Call for decisive action on soil run-off to improve the health of Moreton Bay

Peak horticulture body Growcom today urged decisive action in the Moreton Bay catchment to tackle declining water quality and to ensure Brisbane’s water supply is not under threat every time there is a major storm event. Read more… 

Work in upper Bremer River shows improving trend Work in upper Bremer River shows improving trend

23-Oct-2013

Work in upper Bremer River shows improving trend

Commenting on the 2013 Ecosystem Health Report Card released today, SEQ Catchments CEO Simon Warner said “the long term trend in scores for the Bremer catchment is a good indication that work to improve water quality is starting to have a longer term effect.” Read more… 

Living in Somerset handbook now available Living in Somerset handbook now available

18-Oct-2013

Living in Somerset handbook now available

Somerset Regional Council and SEQ Catchments have launched a property management handbook for residents. Read more… 

Noosa Landcare comes of age Noosa Landcare comes of age

16-Oct-2013

Noosa Landcare comes of age

The historic Majestic theatre in Pomona hummed as 100 guests celebrated Noosa and District Landcare’s 21st birthday. Read more… 

Production set to recover in flood affected Laidley Creek Production set to recover in flood affected Laidley Creek

11-Oct-2013

Production set to recover in flood affected Laidley Creek

Strengthening Laidley Creek to make it better able to cope with future floods is the motivation driving works being undertaken in the Mulgowie area. A recent site visit inspected the two locations in the Laidley Valley where works are being implemented to strengthen the resilience of the creek that was left badly eroded after the floods. Read more… 

Quandamooka awarded Indigenous Land Management Award Quandamooka awarded Indigenous Land Management Award

04-Oct-2013

Quandamooka awarded Indigenous Land Management Award

Quandamooka have taken out a state wide award in recognition for their leading land management practices on North Stradbroke Island.
Quandamooka received the Indigenous Land Management Award at the 2013 Queensland Landcare Awards last week, which included recognition for their work to restore a culturally significant freshwater spring known as Myora Springs (also known as Capembah Creek) on Stradbroke Island. Read more… 

Boaties report Dugongs love new seagrass Boaties report Dugongs love new seagrass

03-Oct-2013

Boaties report Dugongs love new seagrass

Dugongs have started to flock back to Moreton Bay, thanks to a new boat mooring design that has seen the recovery of seagrass, their favourite food. For the last decade, the lack of seagrass around moored boats has meant that Macleay Island boatie, Lindsey Rusbatch, has never spotted any Dugongs around Dalpura or Cow Bay, but the tide is starting to change. Read more… 

August

Caring for our Country Approved Grants 2013-2014 Caring for our Country Approved Grants 2013-2014

30-Aug-2013

Caring for our Country Approved Grants 2013-2014

Details on projects funded through Caring for our Country in 2013-14 are available via the Caring for our Country website. Read more… 

Eco Goats For Weed Control Eco Goats For Weed Control

29-Aug-2013

Eco Goats For Weed Control

For the first time on the Sunshine Coast, goats will be trialled in browsing a difficult weed, known as Japanese Sunflower which smothers native vegetation and grows particularly well in hard to reach areas. Read more… 

Quandamooka looking after Moreton Bay Quandamooka looking after Moreton Bay

16-Aug-2013

Quandamooka looking after Moreton Bay

Turtles, dugongs, seagrass beds and the pristine coastline of North Stradbroke Island will benefit from a recent Seagrass Management Grant to the Quandamooka people of North Stradbroke Island, to continue looking after the island’s valuable natural resources. Read more… 

Looking after Moreton Bay's seagrass beds Looking after Moreton Bay's seagrass beds

13-Aug-2013

Looking after Moreton Bay's seagrass beds

Listen to a story on ABC 612, which provides a great summary on the Seagrass Friendly Mooring project. Read more… 

Flood experts help farmers get back into production Flood experts help farmers get back into production

07-Aug-2013

Flood experts help farmers get back into production

The soils of the Lockyer Valley are recognised as some of the most fertile in the world. However, many landholders in the badly affected Laidley Creek Valley have been struggling to get back into production since the January 2013 floods. Read more… 

Dreamtime mural awakens cultural understanding Dreamtime mural awakens cultural understanding

06-Aug-2013

Dreamtime mural awakens cultural understanding

NAIDOC week celebrations got off to a great start at Pomona State School last month with the official opening of the school's new Indigenous Outdoor Learning Area. Read more… 

Rare fungi feeder hops into limelight Rare fungi feeder hops into limelight

01-Aug-2013

Rare fungi feeder hops into limelight

Tracey and Mark Finnegan were thrilled to find out that they are sharing their Kerry Valley cattle farm, which borders the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park, with the rare and elusive Long-nosed Potoroo. Read more… 

July

The Creek in Our Backyard *New Edition* The Creek in Our Backyard *New Edition*

26-Jul-2013

The Creek in Our Backyard *New Edition*

Save our Waterways Now (SOWN), a not for profit environmental organisation in Brisbane's north and west, has launched a new book The creek in our backyard: A practical guide for landholders by SOWN Director, Robert Whyte, supported by various organisation including SEQ Catchments. Read more… 

Young winners exploring the outdoors Young winners exploring the outdoors

25-Jul-2013

Young winners exploring the outdoors

We all love a bit of technology. But it seems you can't go too far without hearing about how all of our i- gadgets are making our kids miss out on outdoor fun.
Read more… 

Flooded farmers have more time to apply for assistance Flooded farmers have more time to apply for assistance

23-Jul-2013

Flooded farmers have more time to apply for assistance

The cut-off date for farmers, businesses and not-for-profit organisations affected by flooding earlier this year to apply for natural disaster assistance has been extended to the end of November. Read more… 

Protecting our golden birds Protecting our golden birds

22-Jul-2013

Protecting our golden birds

A lot of us take to air travel to explore parts of the northern hemisphere, but can you imagine if you made this trip every year where the only engine available was your own? Read more… 

Youth finalists announced for the Visioning the Outdoors short film competition Youth finalists announced for the Visioning the Outdoors short film competition

19-Jul-2013

Youth finalists announced for the Visioning the Outdoors short film competition

The three finalists for the SEQ Catchments sponsored Youth category at the Visioning the Outdoors Short film festival have been announced! Read more… 

New factsheet on reducing flood impacts New factsheet on reducing flood impacts

19-Jul-2013

New factsheet on reducing flood impacts

A new factsheet has been jointly released by Healthy Waterways and SEQ Catchments. Entitled 'Reduce Flood Impacts by Planting Vegetation along our Riverbanks'. In South East Queensland, planting vegetation along degraded waterways and protecting existing riverbank vegetation are priority actions to reduce the risks of future flood damage. Read more… 

Photo shoot with members of the Brisbane Catchment Network Photo shoot with members of the Brisbane Catchment Network

11-Jul-2013

Photo shoot with members of the Brisbane Catchment Network

SEQ Catchments took a tour some of the groups that form part of the Brisbane Catchments Network to see some of the wonderful work they are involved with. Read more… 

SEQ Catchments wins Australian Business Award second year running SEQ Catchments wins Australian Business Award second year running

04-Jul-2013

SEQ Catchments wins Australian Business Award second year running

SEQ Catchments has won the Environmental Sustainability category in the Australian Business Awards 2013 in recognition of its ground breaking work to protect seagrass beds and the economically important industries of Moreton Bay. Read more… 

Landholders lead the way in erosion control Landholders lead the way in erosion control

04-Jul-2013

Landholders lead the way in erosion control

Loss of topsoil, slumping banks and eroding gullies have been great concerns experienced by landholders across the South East Queensland region, exacerbated by extreme weather conditions over the past couple of years. Read more… 


June

Assisting farmers in Laidley Valley recover and rebuild following flood events Assisting farmers in Laidley Valley recover and rebuild following flood events

24-Jun-2013

Assisting farmers in Laidley Valley recover and rebuild following flood events

Improving farms to better to cope with destructive flood flows and to allow farmers to recover and rebuild more quickly from flood events are the outcomes sought from SEQ Catchments’ new project in the Upper Laidley Creek Valley. Read more… 

Wildlife return to grazing property Wildlife return to grazing property

13-Jun-2013

Wildlife return to grazing property

Darlington graziers Mark and Tracy Finnegan, whose property “Jingeri” buffers the renowned Lamington National Park and its World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests, are a great example of the many landowners in the district committed to achieving a balance of nature conservation and sustainable production. Read more… 

Congratulations to all the Healthy Waterways Awards Winners! Congratulations to all the Healthy Waterways Awards Winners!

06-Jun-2013

Congratulations to all the Healthy Waterways Awards Winners!

Well done to all of the finalists and winners at the 2013 Healthy Waterways Awards! The evening was a great opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication from around the region to protect and improve our waterways. Read more… 

SEQ Catchments welcomes NRM budget boost SEQ Catchments welcomes NRM budget boost

05-Jun-2013

SEQ Catchments welcomes NRM budget boost

SEQ Catchments welcomes the budget commitment by Queensland Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps to support the work of the state’s regional natural resource management (NRM) groups with a forward funding program of $80 million over the next five years. Read more… 


May

Registrations now open: Queensland Landcare Conference Registrations now open: Queensland Landcare Conference

27-May-2013

Registrations now open: Queensland Landcare Conference

Condamine Headwaters Landcare Group has launched registrations for the 24th annual Queensland Landcare Conference, which will take place 27 – 29 September in Warwick. Read more… 

Erosion and weed control field day to be held near Boonah Erosion and weed control field day to be held near Boonah

27-May-2013

Erosion and weed control field day to be held near Boonah

Read more… 

SEQ Catchments welcomes flood relief funding SEQ Catchments welcomes flood relief funding

24-May-2013

SEQ Catchments welcomes flood relief funding

A large number of landholders right across South East Queensland have been in contact with SEQ Catchments seeking assistance and advice since severe flooding affected the local area following ex tropical cyclone Oswald earlier this year. Read more… 

Keeping soils where they should be Keeping soils where they should be

10-May-2013

Keeping soils where they should be

Improving the condition of your land and water quality of nearby creeks helps keep soil where it should be and healthy creeks flowing through the catchments. Read more… 

 

April

Livestock owners invited to workshop Livestock owners invited to workshop

26-Apr-2013

Livestock owners invited to workshop

Upcoming one day pasture management workshops at Toogoolawah and Fernvale in May will demonstrate that livestock owners can have their beef and environment too.
Read more… 

Visioning the Outdoors Film Festival Visioning the Outdoors Film Festival

03-Apr-2013

Visioning the Outdoors Film Festival

SEQ Catchments is this year sponsoring the Youth 3 Minute Short Film category of the Visioning the Outdoors Short Film Competition. Read more… 

 

March

Strong voice from Redland community Strong voice from Redland community

12-Mar-2014

Strong voice from Redland community

Our natural assets are not a dessert to be enjoyed once the main course has been eaten. This was one of the statements made by the community at the recent roundtable held in Cleveland to update the SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan. Read more… 

Local wildlife to flourish from community planting Local wildlife to flourish from community planting

25-Mar-2013

Local wildlife to flourish from community planting

Local wildlife will benefit from a community planting day held on the 23 March at Homestead Park, Mt Cotton. Community volunteers helped plant over 800 native trees. Read more… 

Battling weeds in the Upper Logan Catchment Battling weeds in the Upper Logan Catchment

22-Mar-2013

Battling weeds in the Upper Logan Catchment

SEQ Catchments is excited to announce a new project to battle invasive weeds for a healthier landscape along the headwaters of Teviot Brook, Christmas Creek and Oaky Creek. Read more… 

Running Creek landholders team up for a healthier catchment Running Creek landholders team up for a healthier catchment

11-Mar-2013

Running Creek landholders team up for a healthier catchment

Landholders in the Running Creek district near Rathdowney have worked together to identify and address issues which are affecting the land and water quality in their area. Read more… 

12,000 new trees for the Redlands 12,000 new trees for the Redlands

08-Mar-2013

12,000 new trees for the Redlands

Redland Mayor Karen Williams this week joined SEQ catchments and Energex to plant new trees at Homestead Park, Mount Cotton, which will restore wildlife habitat. Read more… 

February

"In Safe Hands” toolkit training "In Safe Hands” toolkit training

22-Feb-2013

"In Safe Hands” toolkit training

The “In Safe Hands” toolkit is now available to be downloaded free of charge until 30 June 2013 Read more… 

2013 Healthy Waterways Awards Now open 2013 Healthy Waterways Awards Now open

21-Feb-2013

2013 Healthy Waterways Awards Now open

The 2013 Healthy Waterways Awards were launched recently to honour the efforts of individuals, schools, groups and organisations who are actively helping to protect and improve South East Queensland’s waterways. Read more… 

Trees aren’t what they seem Trees aren’t what they seem

19-Feb-2013

Trees aren’t what they seem

The strong winds associated with ex-tropical cyclone Oswald caused much destruction throughout South East Queensland with damage to vegetation widespread. Read more… 

Free Mangrove Watch Training Free Mangrove Watch Training

14-Feb-2013

Free Mangrove Watch Training

If you’d like to give the environment a helping hand, advance a career, learn or develop
skills or spend time with like-minded people - why not get onboard and monitor Moreton
Bay’s mangroves? Read more… 

Applications open for sustainable environment funding Applications open for sustainable environment funding

13-Feb-2013

Applications open for sustainable environment funding

Community groups across Australia will be supported by the Gillard Government to continue their work protecting our precious environment. Read more… 

SEQ Catchments mobilises to help landholders SEQ Catchments mobilises to help landholders

08-Feb-2013

SEQ Catchments mobilises to help landholders

SEQ Catchments has mobilised staff to assist landholders whose properties experienced severe erosion or damage to infrastructure during the widespread flooding across South East Queensland. Read more… 

Water plan starts with better catchment management Water plan starts with better catchment management

06-Feb-2013

Water plan starts with better catchment management

Immediate repair and rehabilitation of flood damaged waterways and floodplains is needed to reduce sediment in waterways during floods and help stop the Mt Crosby treatment plant from again clogging with mud. Read more… 

January

2013 Flood Assistance from the Queensland Government 2013 Flood Assistance from the Queensland Government

30-Jan-2013

2013 Flood Assistance from the Queensland Government

Flood assistance is available from the Queensland Government. More information to be posted as it becomes available. Read more… 

Growing Landcare Leaders Growing Landcare Leaders

17-Jan-2013

Growing Landcare Leaders

Inspired to look after your community’s natural resources, but struggling with keeping your group moving ahead? Read more… 

Free horse workshops next month Free horse workshops next month

16-Jan-2013

Free horse workshops next month

If you are a horse owner and would like to learn more about managing horses on your property, join us at the workshops below at Dayboro and Nerand. First timers welcome! Read more…