RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT: Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps inspects maps of the Laidley Creek at Mulgowie with SEQ catchments project manager Jessica Walker.
RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT: Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps inspects maps of the Laidley Creek at Mulgowie with SEQ catchments project manager Jessica Walker. Derek Barry

Laidley Creek is on road to recovery

A MAJOR Queensland-wide $15 million program to improve on-farm productivity and riparian recovery is helping the Lockyer Valley recover from following major flood events over the past two years.

SEQ Catchments has worked with 50 landholders in the Lockyer and Fassifern Valleys to strengthen the resilience of local creeks with funding from the State Government's On-farm Productivity and Riparian Recovery Program.

One focus area has been Laidley Creek with SEQ Catchments bringing experts in to assess creek degradation levels and provide best management practice advice.

SEQ Catchments project manager Jessica Walker said efforts focussed on hydraulic modelling, farm management plans and the restoration of two sites on the creek, including a stretch behind the Mulgowie Hotel.

"This will increase the stability up to 1km from the creek as well as the immediate vicinity and Mulgowie Bridge close by," Ms Walker said.

Natural Resources minister Andrew Cripps visited the site on Monday to inspect the works.

Mr Cripps said the State Government was investing in partnership with landowners to improve land management practices and restore productivity in catchments damaged by severe-flood events.

"We want to better understand how flood waters behave in watercourses and on floodplains during significant flood events," Mr Cripps said.

"It is important that we get primary producers back into production, communities back on their feet, and actively build up farm and landscape resilience ahead of any future flood events," he said.


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