Central Queensland catchment health on the rise

Posted 14 July 2016

Boats in marinaCentral Queensland's Fitzroy River catchment is helping improve Great Barrier Reef conditions after maintaining its B-grade health rating this year, the State Government says.

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the scientific report card shows one of Queensland's most important water system remains in a stable condition.

“The health of the Fitzroy Basin is vital to Central Queensland’s agriculture and resources industries and its communities,” Lynham said.

“By addressing erosion and sediment control, reducing nutrient loss, improving water management on mining and coal seam gas extraction sites, and improving sewage treatment performance, we are improving the health of the waterways and surroundings, and contributing to improving the health of the Great Barrier Reef.”

The annual report card for aquatic ecosystem health incorporates eleven freshwater catchments and the estuary. In the three years to 2012-13 the catchment received a C-grade. For the last two years it has achieved a B-grade.

“The latest report card shows that the Basin’s water quality is being maintained, and has confirmed drinking water for the towns in the Rockhampton and Central Highlands Regional Councils as high-quality,” Lynham said.

The report card is produced by the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health, which is a collective of government, agriculture, resources, industry, research and community interests across the Fitzroy Basin in central Queensland.

Lynham said the partnership was solid evidence of the scientific and innovative expertise in the region.

“Our recent budget further builds on this record and promotes opportunities for the jobs of the future through the Advance Queensland program, $823 million for new infrastructure, including an additional $175 million for our job creating Building our Regions program, $19.1 million for capital works, and $531 million for hospitals and health,” he said.