Posted by Sophie Van Dijk | March 27, 2017
Walking the landscape…
The team who produce WetlandInfo have compiled some beautiful and informative Queensland catchment stories using a process called ‘walking the landscape’. Each of the stories describe the location, extent and values of the Lockyer and Mid-Brisbane catchments using map journals, photographs and animations.
Why not explore these catchments yourself?
The Bremer River catchment is located west of Brisbane and covers approximately 203 000ha. It is valuable environmentally, economically and socially, with a number of parks, reserves and protected areas. The Main Range National Park is a stunning World Heritage area.
This catchment story takes us through natural and modified features of the catchment, and looks in depth at water quality, flow, and important landscape features.
You can explore this beautiful catchment here.
Stanley River Catchment Story:
The Stanley Catchment is located north of Brisbane and is considered to be one of the healthiest catchments in South East Queensland. It has a catchment area of approximately 1500km2. The dominant industry in the area is grazing, with some agricultural industries such as cropping, pastures and horticulture. Somerset Dam, completed in 1959, is also an important feature in the region.
Investigate how natural and modified features within this catchment impact on how water flows here.
Redlands Catchment Story
The Redlands Catchment is located to the south-east of Brisbane, with their headwaters in Mount Cotton and Mount Petrie. The catchment is primarily residential, with urban development a strong driver of the economy.
This catchment story is an interesting one, as it is within the context of a highly urbanised environment that presents unique opportunities and challenges. Read more here.
Murray River Catchment
The Murray Catchment is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and is around 1,115 km². It has high biodiversity, and is home to some of Australia’s most threatened species and ecological communities. The Upper (North) Murray River joins the Murray River before flowing down the slopes into flatter agricultural land and into estuaries flowing out to the Great Barrier Reef.
This catchment has significant natural values, and it’s story examines key landscape features and how they are being protected to minimise impacts on the values within the region. Read more here.