SEQ Catchments make the move to a new region
AFTER 13 years of being the focus of Landcare and catchment management in the Lockyer, the Lockyer Catchment Centre at Forest Hill is closing.
SEQ Catchments, who have been operating from the Centre for the last four years, are moving to new premises and establishing a regional hub in Laidley.
The Lockyer Catchment Centre was established in 1996 by the Lockyer Catchment Association to assist the community and government to work together for natural resource management.
This community based approach was inspired by local farmer and scientist Fred From who was the founder of the Locker Watershed Management Association in the early 1980s.
The Centre attracted significant funding and support in partnership with the community, industry and Local, State and Federal Governments for priority on-ground projects and for the development, promotion and support of good management of the areas natural assets.
“On behalf of SEQ Catchments I would like to acknowledge the vision and energy of all those who have been associated with the establishment and operation of the Centre in Forest Hill over the last 13 years,” Simon Warner, CEO of SEQ Catchments and Lockyer resident said.
“The current offices in Forest Hill have been very useful and convenient but don't meet modern office demands.
“We have the opportunity to take up modern and functional offices in the Lockyer Valley Regional Council Offices in Spicer Street, Laidley and establish an SEQ Catchments/community regional hub.
“This is an indication of SEQ Catchments' commitment to the community, and we hope this move will continue to build on the close relationship we have with both the community and Lockyer Valley Regional Council,” Mr Warner said.
Local environment and community natural resource management groups are encouraged to make use of the facilities and support available from the SEQ Catchments Laidley hub.
Ross Bigwood, Community Partnerships Manager at SEQ Catchments said people are invited to drop in to discuss management of their property, or seek advice about issues such as grazing strategies, erosion control and natural resource management.
“As a community owned organisation we are keen to help make a difference,” Mr Bigwood said.