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Dear Readers,

Our thoughts are once again with those who have been affected by the recent flooding both here in South East Queensland and in other harder hit parts of the state, especially the Burnett. Many parts of our region experienced worse flooding than in 2011.

We have assessment teams in the field right now working with landholders and local governments to assess sites of severe erosion and damage to infrastructure and other effects of the extreme weather.

Identification of the highest priority sites for maintenance and rehabilitation will become increasingly evident over the next few weeks.

Our immediate priority will be to collect as much information as possible to assist landholders and the community, as well as to provide timely advice to all levels of government on the priority actions and investments needed.

We’ve also collated information on our website (*page now expired*) on how to access disaster recovery funds, ministerial announcements relating to the flood response, and other useful information and contacts.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.

Warmest wishes
Simon Warner
CEO, SEQ Catchments

SEQ Catchments News

SEQ Catchments mobilises to help landholders SEQ Catchments mobilises to help landholders

08-Feb-2013

SEQ Catchments mobilises to help landholders

SEQ Catchments has mobilised staff to assist landholders whose properties experienced severe erosion or damage to infrastructure during the widespread flooding across South East Queensland. Read more… 

Koalas benefit from offsetting strategy Koalas benefit from offsetting strategy

11-Feb-2013

Koalas benefit from offsetting strategy

Critical koala habitat, degraded waterways and rural landscapes are set to benefit from environmental offset agreements between Energex and SEQ Catchments which will see over 150,000 trees planted across South East Queensland. Read more… 

Natural wonder restored and thriving despite Oswald Natural wonder restored and thriving despite Oswald

12-Feb-2013

Natural wonder restored and thriving despite Oswald

Myora springs, found on the north west side of North Stradbroke Island, is known for its natural beauty as well as a site of cultural significance to the Quandamooka people. Read more… 

Protecting an endangered forest Protecting an endangered forest

11-Feb-2013

Protecting an endangered forest

Landholders in the Mooloolah and Stanley catchments are working hard to protect areas of lowland subtropical rainforest, a critically endangered forest community. Read more… 

Landscape given a boost thanks to eTrees Landscape given a boost thanks to eTrees

11-Feb-2013

Landscape given a boost thanks to eTrees

The latest round of eTree funding will see a total of 3600 native plants planted at five different sites across South East Queensland, helping to restore 3.65 hectares of land. Read more… 

A journey of collaboration in the Sunshine Coast A journey of collaboration in the Sunshine Coast

24-Jan-2013

A journey of collaboration in the Sunshine Coast

A journey of collaboration through the diverse landscape of the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday highlighted the wonderful work that is being carried out by the many community-based groups in the Sunshine Coast. Read more… 


Other NRM news

Community Landcare Grants now available

Grants between $5000 to $50 000 (GST exclusive) are available to help local community-based organisations and groups. *Link no longer available*
Read more…

Healthy Waterways Calls for Nominations

If you know a passionate individual, group or organisation working to protect our waterways, nominate them today for a Healthy Waterways Award and give them the recognition they deserve! Read more…

Weeds of Southern Qld in app form

The Weeds Society of Qld’s book, “Weeds of Southern Qld” is now available electronically in both android and apple form. Android and Apple apps available. Read more…

Government updates

Applications open for sustainable environment funding

Funding under the second round of the Biodiversity Fund and the first round of Target Area Grants, under the Caring for our Country program are now available to support volunteers, farmers and community groups. Read more…

Fees delayed to help flood recovery

Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh has announced fee relief for primary producers and businesses impacted by the recent floods to help with recovery. Read more…

DAFF appoints flood recovery team to help producers

The Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has established a team of 12 Flood Recovery Liaison Officers to work with local communities as they begin the huge task of rebuilding their farming enterprises and associated businesses after the recent floods.
Read more…

Natural Disaster Assistance loans now available at 1.7%

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh has announced the concessional loans for primary producers and small businesses are now available at a record low interest rate of 1.7 per cent. Read more…

Upcoming Events

2013 Queensland Landcare Conference, 27-29 September 2013, Warwick. For more information click here.

Coochiemudlo Island Coastcare launch, Saturday 16th February, 4-6pm, Main beach, Coochiemudlo Island. For more information click here.

Joel Salatin's Agricultural Masterclasses, 1. You Can Farm, February 21 2013, Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre - Gatton : 2. Pastured Poultry, February 22 2013, Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre - Gatton : 3. Pastured Beef and Pork, February 23 2013 Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre - Gatton. For more information click here.

Horse management on small properties, Sunday 24th February, 9am - 2pm, Landsborough Sports Complex, 15 Tunnel Ridge Road. For more information click here.

Our Community seminars for community groups: Strategies for Sustainable Funding (Monday 25 February, 9.30am - 1.00pm, Cliftons, Brisbane), Introduction to Writing Winning Grant Applications (Monday 25 February, 1.30pm - 4.30pm, Cliftons, Brisbane), Secrets of Successful Boards (Tuesday 26 February, 10.00am - 3.00pm, Cliftons, Brisbane). For more information click here.

Free MangroveWatch Introduction-Training sessions, Friday 1st March (Evening session - Introduction to MangroveWatch); and Saturday 2nd March (Morning session - Theory; Afternoon session – On-board, hands-on), Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Moreton Bay Office at Manly Harbour. For more information click here.

Clean up Australia Day, This year Healthy Waterways is supporting the Brisbane Catchments Network to collect litter from the Queensport Rocks Park, Metroplex Ave, Murarrie, as part of Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 3 March at 8am.