Community and Tourism
South East Queensland's waterways play a key role in providing a range of community benefits, including recreation and tourism activities, positive health and wellbeing, and increased liveability. The nature-based tourism industry is critical to our economy, with 61% of all inbound visitors to Australia identifying nature-based activities as the key purpose of their visit*. These tourism and recreation activities are heavily reliant on healthy waterways.
Healthy Waterways provides regionally consistent management tools and resources to ensure the community can engage in safe recreational use of our waterways. Our Clean Up Program helps keep our waterways free of litter and increases their amenity and value, and our efforts to educate and build capacity in the community serves to increase positive waterway interaction.
Our members have identified the need to connect communities to their local waterways as a regional priority. Through stewardship and recreational activities, we aim to raise community awareness and inspire action to protect our precious waterways. Healthy Waterways’ members are also carrying out work across the region to manage our waterways and promote community involvement.
Examples of work undertaken by our members:
Ipswich City Council - A Better Bundamba Creek: The Better Bundamba Creek Project by the Bremer River Fund and Ipswich City Council took a holistic planning approach to improving waterway health and resilience.
Sunshine Coast Regional Council - Pumicestone Passage & Catchment Action Plan: A successful community governance approach was used to develop the Pumicestone Passage and Catchment Action Plan to address five key challenge priority areas.
Scenic Rim Regional Council: Rural Environmental Support Program: This program has achieved remarkable results toward improving the rural landscape and waterways through a synchronized package of programs and journey of learning.
Brisbane City Council: Chinatown Mall: Brisbane City Council has recently completed a major upgrade of the Chinatown Mall to enhance the liveability of one of Brisbane’s most significant public spaces.
Healthy Waterways has expanding our existing Monitoring Program to assess and report on the many social and economic benefits that our waterways provide. The environmental, social and economic indicators measured by the expanded Healthy Waterways Monitoring Program has been released as part of the 2015 Report Card.
*Tourism and Transport Forum, 2012
Find out about the projects undertaken by local landholders and community groups in your local catchment area to protect and improve our waterways, and how you can get involved.
Join Healthy Waterways and collectively we can protect and improve waterway health. Whether you are a passionate individual, community group, local business or multinational corporation, there are a range of ways you can get involved with Healthy Waterways.
Connect to Your Creek
Healthy Waterways' annual Connect to Your Creek Week encourages South East Queenslanders to get outdoors and enjoy their local waterways.