Creek improvements flow through Franklin Vale Catchment

Waterway health along Franklin Vale Creek is getting a boost, as Council works with three properties along a 2.8km stretch to deliver stage two of works to improve water quality and rejuvenate the creek.

Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair, Cr Russell Milligan, said the Franklin Creek Restoration Plan, delivered with The Australian River Institute and Griffith University, had input from landholders while also supporting best practice land management.

“Landholders have shared knowledge, challenges and future aspirations for their properties which have been important to the development of this plan,” Cr Milligan said.

“As more landowners join this initiative and future planning, we have the opportunity to share knowledge and learnings and weave that into future sustainable land management.”

Growing commitment from more landholders to join is promising continued improvements along the 21km stretch of creek that flows through the Franklin Vale Catchment.

Landowner and farmer, Lachlan Cassidy, partnered with Council earlier this year.

Works on Mr Cassidy’s property have included revegetation along the riverbank, weed management and stock exclusion fencing that allows wildlife to travel through safely.

“I have been very happy with the outcome, which has improved my land management decisions,” Mr Cassidy said.

Mr Cassidy’s property is one of the many in the Franklin Vale Catchment that has significant erosion along the riverbank.

This program is funded through Council’s stormwater quality offsets scheme which is a developer-funded program to improve water quality and waterway health.

Landholders in the Franklin Vale Creek Catchment interested in participating are encouraged to contact Council’s waterway improvement officer on 3810 6666.

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