The Waterway Health Strategy supports council’s vision that waterways and wetlands are rehabilitated and protected to provide ecological sustainability through good water quality, habitat and fauna connectivity, recreational outcomes and mitigation of major storm and flood events.
Achieving healthy catchments and waterways is a top priority for Ipswich residents when it comes to caring for the environment. Long-term environmental recovery programs for priority wetlands and waterways across the city will guide council’s investment to meet community needs and desires. The future health of waterways and wetlands in Ipswich will be secured through council’s leadership and commitment to catchment and waterway health enhancements.
Over the past two decades, council has demonstrated its commitment to waterway health through investment across a range of initiatives including:
The focus of this Waterway Health Strategy is to build upon these achievements and to set the investment priorities for the next 3-5 years, based on the current threats and opportunities influencing the health of waterways and wetlands across Ipswich.
Implementation of the strategy will support council’s achievement of its Corporate Plan and the community’s vision for improved waterway health, and provide a framework for council to meet the relevant legislative requirements for waterway protection. This will be done through two approaches, being:
The implementation of city-wide policies, strategies and partnerships through five strategic priorities focusing on:
Targeted investment across four waterway management themes for each sub-catchment, being:
The strategy has taken a sub-catchment based approach for on-ground management actions to ensure that it adequately reflects the local context and condition for that catchment, and gives consideration to the varying constraints and opportunities associated with urban and rural waterways.
The targeted sub-catchment actions are represented in one or more of the four management themes to give priority for investment over the next 3-5 years, and to assist in an overall improvement in health for that waterway.