The Franklin Vale Creek Catchment, bordered by the Little Liverpool Range, has high wildlife and biodiversity values, with the floodplains of Franklin Vale Creek also highly productive agricultural and pastoral land. Parts of Franklin Vale Creek and the waterways that feed into it have instability and bank erosion that impact on water quality and the values of the creek itself, as well as the broader Bremer and Brisbane river catchments. This in turn negatively impacts our waterways, native wildlife and the productivity of graziers who depend on the creek.

Franklin Vale Creek Initiative

Franklin Vale stage 2 Ipswich City Council is partnering with landholders to restore and improve the catchment's waterway condition through actions such as revegetation, offline watering points and stock exclusion fencing.

Council is making a substantial investment in building a legacy of best practice land management where the productivity of the land is maintained for landholders, the community and the environment.

Funding comes from council’s stormwater quality offsets scheme which is a developer-funded program to improve water quality and waterway health.

Initiative Benefits

Franklin Vale Creek drone viewWorks at properties participating in the Franklin Vale Creek Initiative are demonstrating the benefits of the partnership between council and landowners, including:

  • Native revegetation stabilising the creek and channel, which prevents erosion and helps to mitigate salinity issues;
  • Slowing water and increasing infiltration which helps minimise impacts during floods;
  • Improved water quality, reduction of weeds and greater ability to support aquatic and land-dwelling wildlife;
  • Improved condition of livestock due to cooler areas surrounding the waterway and reduction in pollutants entering the waterway.

Landholder Information

Franklin Vale landownersThe Franklin Vale Creek Initiative commenced in 2019 with interested landholders partnering with council to restore creek conditions on their properties.

The second stage of the Franklin Vale Creek Initiative launched in 2021, delivering a further 2.8km of land and creek improvements.

As part of long-term planning for the initiative, council and the Australian River Institute (ARI) at Griffith University have developed the Franklin Vale Creek restoration plan. The plan involved input from landholders in the catchment and will ensure decisions are based on the best available science and targeted to achievable restoration objectives.

Landowners within the catchment are encouraged to enquire about partnering with council for future stages of the initiative. Contact council’s waterway improvement officer on (07) 3810 6666.

Share your journey

Council encourages landholders to send photos of restoration work, or significant events such as drought or flood. Photos of biodiversity found in the catchment are also welcome.

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