The Deebing Creek catchment is located less than 5km south of the Central Business District of Ipswich. The catchment has a total area of some 26 square kilometres to the confluence with the Bremer River. The waterway corridor will emerge as a key linear green space, providing ecological services as well as an important active transport connector for the catchment and beyond.
The lower reaches of the catchment are extensively developed and include the suburbs of Churchill, Flinders View and Raceview. The upper corridor area has limited development currently, however significant urban development is planned as part of the Ripley Valley Priority Development Area. While the corridor contains a continuous riparian zone, the waterway channel is characterised by significant erosion and sedimentation in many sections as a result of past clearing, urbanisation and illegal 4WD and trail bike activities.
There are a number of projects underway and planned for the corridor including the new Deebing Creek bikeway as well as road upgrades and extensions, creation of a new criterium circuit and transformation of Small Creek (a tributary of Deebing Creek) from a concrete channel into a naturalised waterway.
The Deebing Creek Corridor Plan has been developed to guide the corridor transformation and is the fourth strategic plan for a waterway to be completed by Council. The plan sets a vision for the waterway and identifies opportunities and challenges in achieving this vision.