MIWM field trip: studying collaboration in practice in SEQ

MIWM field trip: studying collaboration in practice in SEQ

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Students taking the Collaborative Planning module (WATR7900) in the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) Program, recently visited the Upper Bremer and Upper Logan Catchments in South east Queensland to study collaboration in practice.

MIWM field trip: studying collaboration in practice in SEQ

MIWM collaborative planning students talk with local landholders

Dennis Gannaway, the Rural Catchments Southern Area Manager for Healthy Land and Water, showed students various programs undertaken in these catchments to improve the health of waterways. The field visit provided students with a first-hand look at the process and outcomes of collaboration that began with the identification of a wicked problem – the decline in water quality of Moreton Bay; a RAMSAR wetland of international and regional importance.  The focus was to reduce sediment from sub catchments that were identified as being significant contributors of sediment.

Students visited a wetland restoration program on the Upper Bremer River; an engineered log jam to control creek bank erosion near the town of Aratula; Cats claw weed eradication programs at Burnett Creek; and a program to protect a Black Bean forest on the Logan River.

All of these programs involved collaboration between landholders, government and Healthy Land and Water staff. Many of these programs involve a combination of State and local government financial assistance and external technical expertise, along with significant time and resources from local landholders. Projects provide benefits to landholders, as well as broader public benefits in terms of water quality downstream and into Moreton Bay.

Photos:

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1.Visiting a Creek bed erosion site
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2. Inspecting engineered log jam and revegetation program to control erosion
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3. Talking with local landholders about the program to eliminate Cats Claw weed from the Burnett Creek region
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4. Visiting a Black Bean forest on the Logan River, standing under a 200+ year old Black Bean tree, traditionally used as a food source by Aboriginals

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