SEQ Catchments mobilises to help landholders

SEQ Catchments mobilises to help landholders

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08-Feb-2013

SEQ Catchments has mobilised staff to assist landholders whose properties experienced severe erosion or damage to infrastructure during the widespread flooding across South East Queensland.

Peak Crossing after January '11

SEQ Catchments’ immediate priority is to collect as much information as possible to assist landholders and the community and advise all levels of government on priority actions and investment needed.

Peak Crossing after restoration works 2012

Peak Crossing after Jan 13

*Any landholder in South East Queensland who needs assistance should contact Jessica Walker on 0407 001916 or jwalker@seqcatchments.com.au who will collect preliminary property and damage details.*

Assessment teams comprise local SEQ Catchments’ staff with expertise in catchment and watercourse management and soil conservation, which will work in conjunction with local government disaster response committees.

In case of severe erosion requiring complex restoration, SEQ Catchments will make senior soil conservation specialists available, where possible, to undertake more detailed assessments and provide advice without cost to landowners.

SEQ Catchments CEO, Simon Warner, said his organisation was acutely aware of the challenges facing landowners based on the lessons learned following the January 2011 floods.

“We’ve been here before; SEQ Catchments was involved from the start following the 2011 floods and was at the forefront of the initial response and the later flood recovery works,” Mr Warner said.

“We know what works. We can show where significant damage in 2013 was averted via remediation work undertaken in 2011.

“Engineering solutions on their own will not fix the problem and are much more expensive than revegetating and better managing our creeks and streams.

“Landholders who are concerned about their creeks and erosion should get good advice prior to undertaking works in stream as they could create problems for both themselves and those downstream.

“While the full magnitude of the response required will become clearer over the next few days, many areas not affected by the 2011 floods were effected this time, including catchments in the Logan, southern Lockyer as well as the lower Brisbane catchments.

“We are working closely with local governments across the region as well as the Queensland and Australian Governments to ensure they are fully aware of the effort required to recover from these most recent extreme events,” Mr Warner said.

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