Fund Committee to Restore the Bremer River, Ipswich
The launch, on Monday 6 September, 2010, comes after the highly successful day-long Bremer River Forum in April involving 200 delegates representing natural resource practitioners and researchers, government, community and industry.
The Forum was born out of a desire to find solutions to arrest the failing health of the Bremer River, which for a number of years has received an ‘F’ (fail) in the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Ecosystem Health Montioring Program (EHMP) Report Card.
A Solutions Statement, along with the Bremer River Fund Appeal, were key outcomes of the Forum which was strongly supported by the City of Ipswich and local business, industry and community.
Corporate sponsorships and donations provided the first cash injections into the Fund, which will support the collaborative implementation of practical solutions to repair and ensure the river's future health and vitality.
Initial river restoration activities include identifying hot spots for investment and action, improving riparian vegetation, reducing nutrient loads and increasing dissolved oxygen levels.
“The poor health of the Bremer River, as reflected in consistently low Healthy Waterways Report Card scores, is something that should concern the entire Ipswich community,” Mayor Pisasale said.
“Let’s continue to turn the tide on the Bremer River as a legacy for our City, our children, local industry and Moreton Bay.”
The Bremer River Fund Committee includes representatives from Ipswich City Council, Swift Australia, New Hope Coal, Energex, Thiess, Natural Resources, CS Energy, Queensland Urban Utilities, International RiverFoundation and International WaterCentre.
Contributions to the Bremer River Fund will be managed by the committee, who will act as catalysts to support the revival of the Bremer River and its catchment.
Bremer River Fund Committee Launch
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