Scenic Rim council pitches in to save the Bremer River

RESCUE PARTY: Mayor Greg Christensen with Brisbane City Council mayor Graham Quirk and Ipswich City Council interim administrator Greg Chemello
RESCUE PARTY: Mayor Greg Christensen with Brisbane City Council mayor Graham Quirk and Ipswich City Council interim administrator Greg Chemello

SOUTH-EAST Queensland’s worst performing catchment, part of which lies within the Scenic Rim, is being thrown a lifeline from local councils in a bid to protect the Bremer River from the ongoing impacts of urban development, severe weather events and flooding.

Launched today as part of the Resilient Rivers Initiative, the Bremer River Catchment Action Plan will deliver a long term plan to combine the efforts and resources of all major stakeholders into one comprehensive strategy for the future.

South-east Queensland councils have also contributed more than $2 million to the Resilient Rivers Initiative to support the delivery of high priority projects, as identified by the Bremer River Catchment Action Plan and others across the region. 

Brisbane lord mayor and Council of Mayors SEQ chair, Cr Graham Quirk, said the Bremer River Catchment Action Plan represented the first step in a strategic and coordinated approach to future-proof the Bremer River.

“The job of improving and protecting the Bremer River is too big for any one council or community group, only a coordinated approach can achieve this. This plan will ensure the funds invested in the Bremer River Catchment deliver the biggest return for the community.

“In addition to developing the Bremer River Catchment Action Plan, local councils have contributed more than $2 million to ensure this planning leads to real on-ground actions across South East Queensland,” said Cr Quirk. 

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said while we can’t stop severe weather events from impacting the Bremer River Catchment, more can be done to boost the resilience of our rivers and creeks to reduce the damage caused.

“As we’ve seen with past weather events and flooding in the region, the Scenic Rim experiences widespread loss of valuable agricultural soils and damage to bridges and culverts,” Cr Christensen said.

“The Bremer River Catchment Action Plan will build resilience in our rivers and creeks, reducing the velocity of water during these events, keeping valuable agricultural soil on our farms, and better protecting our assets,” said Cr Christensen.

"These projects complement the ongoing partnership of councils and landowners via the River Improvement Trusts, to preserve a resource that is important for all."

The Bremer River Catchment is about 2032 square kilometres in size and flows through Scenic Rim Regional Council and Ipswich City Council areas to where it meets with the Brisbane River at Riverview.

The membership of the Council of Mayors includes Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba councils.

More information at resilientrivers.com.au