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Have your say on our urban waterbodies

22 November 2019

Free walking tours and drop-in information sessions will be held to outline how the Fraser Coast Regional Council manages its urban waterbodies.

The walks and sessions are part of a study to develop the Draft Fraser Coast Waterbody Management Framework to strategically manage the 54 waterbodies across the region.

“The initial focus is to develop Draft Waterbody Management Plans for Ululah Lagoons, in Maryborough and the Lowlands Lagoons (Anembo Lakes) in Hervey Bay,” Cr Stuart Taylor said.

“These are two of the largest systems under Council management. If the management plans are successful they will become the models to develop plans for other waterbodies.

“Before we develop detailed management plans, we would like community feedback on the draft plans.”

Fraser Coast Regional Council manages 54 urban (constructed) waterbodies with a combined surface area of 120 hectares and 45 kilometres of shoreline.

“The waterbodies provide a range of social, environmental and economic functions from parks and open space, habitat for a range of native animals and form a part of the region’s flood management,” Cr Taylor said.

“However, they are under considerable pressure due to urban runoff and other factors. Many are degraded or are at risk of deteriorating further, which could lead to declining water quality, algae blooms and noxious weeds.”

Find out more about the Draft Fraser Coast Waterbody Management Framework here  complete the survey here

Responses to the survey are due in by 9 December.

“Residents can also attend one of two drop-in information sessions or go on a short guided walking tour of the Ululah Lagoon or Anembo Lakes,” Cr Taylor said.

“The tours will be offered during the drop-in sessions and conducted by a specialist consultant who will point out and discuss issues and potential actions as well as answer any questions.”

There is no need to register for the drop-in sessions or walking tours on Saturday, November 30:

Ululah Lagoons - Maryborough

  • Drop-in session will be located near the Ululah carpark (Cheapside Street entrance) from 8am to 11am, with guided walking tours at 9 am and 10 am.

Lowlands Lagoons (Anembo Lakes) - Torquay

  • Drop-in Session will be located on Ann Street, between Dayman Street and Boat Harbour Drive, from 1pm to 4pm, with guided walking tours at 2pm and 3pm.