Work on stage 3 of the award-winning Small Creek project at Raceview is hitting its strides as efforts to transform the concrete channel into a flourishing waterway habitat continue.
Stage 3 includes a 350 metre stretch of the concrete channel from Briggs Road to Poplar Street Park.
Already, more than 800 metres of drain has been turned into flourishing waterway habitat in stages 1 and 2.
Mayor Teresa Harding said it is council’s priority to care for the environment as Ipswich grows.
“We are committed to understanding our residents’ diverse perspectives and converting them to positive outcomes for our city’s environment,” Mayor Harding said.
“The Small Creek restoration project is a wonderful example of what council and the community can achieve by working together.
“Healthy waterways, flood management, bike and footpath connectivity and residential amenity will be crucial to keeping our city liveable as we welcome an additional 330,000 residents to 2041.”
Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair Councillor Russell Milligan said the transformation at Small Creek had to be seen to be believed.
“It’s fantastic to see what has been achieved at Small Creek in terms of a positive outcome for the environment and the community,” Cr Milligan said.
“Stage 3 works are like those undertaken in the first two stages, with the existing concrete channel to be recycled and incorporated into the new design.
“Native plants including local water species are being planted and new path and bikeway connections created.
“Nature play elements and a viewing platform are also being installed at Poplar Street Park.”
The Small Creek Naturalisation project is a joint initiative of Ipswich City Council and the Queensland Government.