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Powell Media Release – $150,000 for Neurum Creek restoration project (2 April 2014)

The banks of Neurum Creek affected by erosion will be restored thanks to a $150,000 investment from the Queensland Government.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the project would be delivered as part of the Queensland Regional Natural Resources Management Investment Program.

“The affected reach of Neurum Creek and much of the creek downstream are highly unstable and significant erosion has caused large volumes of sediment to be deposited in Somerset Dam,” Mr Powell said.

“This instability will continue to erode highly valuable grazing land, reduce downstream water quality and create an ongoing siltation problem for the dam if nothing is done.

“Project managers SEQ Catchments will work with neighbouring landowners, Seqwater and state and local government agencies to restore the banks and revegetate riparian areas to help improve the resilience of the creek banks.”

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, said the Neurum Creek restoration project was one of six state strategic projects to improve water quality for South-East Queensland waterways.

“More than $1 million will be invested in these projects to restore creeks and improve water quality and local ecosystems, and will be completed by mid-2015,” Mr Cripps said.

“This funding delivers on the Newman Government’s commitment to improve our natural resources while building a four pillar economy.

“We support the productive and responsible use of natural resources, something that was ignored by Labor.”

SEQ Catchments Chief Executive Officer Simon Warner said the funding would help improve the health of Neurum Creek.

“This funding demonstrates the commitment of the Queensland Government to make significant investment in to local communities for the restoration of our local creeks,” Mr Warner said.

“Our main objective at Neurum Creek is to increase the resilience of the creek by controlling erosion, stabilising the creek banks and planting the river banks with native species.”

More information about Queensland’s regional NRM groups and the Queensland Regional NRM Investment Program is available at www.dnrm.qld.gov.au.  

ENDS- 2 April 2014

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