2016 Winner: Sustainable Water Management Award
Port of Brisbane and Partners
The Offsite Stormwater Management Pilot Project, led by Port of Brisbane and a range of partner organisations, combined the best onsite stormwater treatment with targeted offsite investment to prevent around 3,800 tonnes of sediment from entering the Lockyer River.
Focussing resources and management on identified 'problem' areas, Port of Brisbane invested $500,000 towards waterway rehabilitation at Laidley Creek in the Lockyer Valley to tackle sediment pollution at its source.
The project has also delivered additional environmental benefits including enhanced terrestrial habitat connectivity, improved fish habitat, reduced weed loads, increased waterway shading, improved aesthetic water quality and reduced nutrient and agricultural contaminant runoff.
Project partners include: SEQ Catchments, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Department of Science, information Technology and Innovation, Planfuture, Mulgowie Farming Company, Alluvium, BMT WBM, Griffith University, Australian Rivers Institute, and 02.