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Living in Somerset handbook now available

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

The publication, Living in Somerset, is specifically designed for landholders. It covers a variety of topics including soil erosion, grazing management, water supply, fire management, pest management, remnant vegetation and much more.

The handbook is full of information that will assist landholders, new residents and anyone in Somerset who wants to make positive changes regarding sustainable management of their properties.

Limited copies of the free publication are available so residents are being encouraged to phone Council on 5424 4000 to receive a free copy. The handbook will be a must-have reference tool around the home.

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.

The book is chock full of top advice for managing your bush garden. It's especially targeted at people with a creek in their backyard.

Rob said the book distilled the wisdom of SOWN members past and present.

"I wanted to enthuse beginners to tackle the weeds in their garden and start planting our wonderful local native species.
"The whole process should be fun and rewarding, and I think we've conveyed that message very strongly in the book," Rob said.

View it online or download a copy here:

Creek in our BackyardCreek in our Backyard (3097 KB)

Please contact SEQ Catchments if you are interested in receiving a hard copy of this book. Ph: 07 3211 4404 Email:


Lowland Subtropical Rainforest publication 

New videos on SEQ Catchments You Tube Channel

Restoring mangroves on the Sunshine coast

On the floodplains of the Maroochy River on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, the traditional custodians of the area, the Gubbi Gubbi people, and the descendents of the South Sea Islands, with a long history in the cane industry are working with a second generation cane farmer to plant mangroves in order to stabilise the eroding riverbank and improve the once productive fish and crustacean habitat.

Seagrass friendly moorings replacement project

The Australian designed seagrass friendly mooring system was the first Environmentally Friendly Mooring design rolled out in Queensland in an effort to repair the marine habitats of Moreton Bay. Boat owners embraced the environmentally friendly system and during the last year (2012-2013) over 100 traditional moorings were replaced within priority seagrass beds in Moreton Bay. Seagrass is expected to regrow over an area about the size of 18 football fields and improve a further 120 Ha of marine ecosystems.

New case studies available online

The Bremer, Logan, Upper Brisbane and Lockyer catchments have been identified as priority areas to improve the level of groundcover through better grazing management to improve pasture and soil condition. Four properties have been set up as demonstration sites, by implementing on-farm infrastructure and management changes.

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