Downfall Creek Restoration Project at 7th Brigade Park

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Artist impression of Downfall Creek restorationBrisbane City Council is protecting waterways and greenspace so you can enjoy the lifestyle our great city has to offer, with important works to improve the health of Downfall Creek in 7th Brigade Park, Chermside.

Council is committed to achieving its vision of the Brisbane River, Moreton Bay and waterways being clean, healthy and resilient eco-systems. Managing in-stream erosion and sediment movement is a key factor for maintaining the health and function of local waterways and improving the downstream environments of Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River.

A section of Downfall Creek within 7th Brigade Park has been identified as

Artist impression of Downfall Creek restorationBrisbane City Council is protecting waterways and greenspace so you can enjoy the lifestyle our great city has to offer, with important works to improve the health of Downfall Creek in 7th Brigade Park, Chermside.

Council is committed to achieving its vision of the Brisbane River, Moreton Bay and waterways being clean, healthy and resilient eco-systems. Managing in-stream erosion and sediment movement is a key factor for maintaining the health and function of local waterways and improving the downstream environments of Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River.

A section of Downfall Creek within 7th Brigade Park has been identified as a priority site for rehabilitation and enhancement works. This site is affected by powerful flows from rainfall events which are increasing erosion of the banks and waterway channel, as well as increasing instability of the creek. This contributes to the generation of sediment that flows downstream into Moreton Bay, and impacts aquatic habitat and water quality.

Restoration works

Council is partnering with the Port of Brisbane and Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) Resilient Rivers Initiative to undertake a waterway restoration project in 7th Brigade Park. The objective of this project is to improve waterway health outcomes, including to reduce erosion and improve the condition and stability of the identified sections of Downfall Creek within 7th Brigade Park, Chermside.

The works will provide many benefits including:

  • stabilising the creek landscape to reduce sediment loss and erosion, avoiding up to 7.5 shipping containers worth of sediment movement downstream annually
  • planting native creek vegetation including over 2500 new trees to increase and connect habitat for land and aquatic wildlife
  • improving instream habitat and water quality within the creek
  • improving ‘natural’ visual amenity.

Council is protecting and expanding greenspace to make it easier for you to enjoy the lifestyle our great city has to offer. Delivering a clean and green Brisbane means beautiful suburbs for generations to come.

  • Progress update - August 2021

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    Civil and landscaping works on the most downstream end of the project area (southern and northern banks of the waterway) have been completed.

    Civil works are now progressing further upstream on the northern bank.

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  • Creek Catchment Groups

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    Council’s Creek Catchment Officers work with the community and catchment groups across Brisbane to help protect and restore biodiversity and waterway values. Council’s Creek Catchments Program also plays an important role in improving awareness of catchment issues within the wider community.

    Catchment groups are found right across Brisbane and are made up largely of volunteers who host events and activities to improve the health of local creeks and green spaces. You can help out by going to a planting, helping at a community nursery or having a say in projects and issues in your local area. 7th Brigade Park falls under the Northern Catchments Network group.

    If you are passionate about the local environment and would like to join a local group to do hands-on volunteering to help restore creek catchments across Brisbane, visit the Creek Catchments program page, email CCOfficers@brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888 to learn more.

  • Project Partners

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    Council has partnered with Port of Brisbane and Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) Resilient Rivers Initiative to co-fund the creek restoration project for Downfall Creek in 7th Brigade Park.

    Port of Brisbane

    The Port of Brisbane approached Council to partner in a waterway management project aimed at mitigating erosion and reducing sediment loads to Moreton Bay as part of the Port of Brisbane off-site stormwater quality scheme.

    The Downfall Creek Restoration Project supports the Port of Brisbane’s broader objective of working with stakeholders to encourage the adoption of offsite stormwater management solutions more widely across south-east Queensland. Over the long-term, reduced sediment pollution will improve the health of regional and local waterways and the Brisbane River while reducing the maintenance dredging task for Port of Brisbane.

    Find out more about the Port of Brisbane’s other offsite stormwater treatment and major projects.

    Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) Resilient Rivers Initiative

    Council is also partnering with the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) Resilient Rivers Initiative who are contributing funding from their Resilient Rivers Catchment Investment Program. The Resilient Rivers Initiative was launched in December 2014 with the aim of improving the health of SEQ’s waterways by delivering a coordinated approach to catchment management to ensure future economic, social and environmental health of the region.

    Find out more about the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) Resilient Rivers Initiative.

Page last updated: 10 August 2021, 09:36