SCENIC Rim and Logan City councils today attended a gathering at Cedar Grove with landholders to celebrate improvements in waterway health in the Logan-Albert catchment.
The event was in recognition of changes made possible through the Resilient Rivers Initiative and learn about stock fencing, off-stream watering and riverbank restoration to improve bank stability, water quality and riparian habitat.
The Council of Mayors said the two councils shared one catchment management officer dedicated to leading collaborative, on-ground projects across the two council areas and funded by the Resilient Rivers Initiative through pooled funding contributed by Council of Mayors member councils .
Logan City Mayor Darren Power said the City of Logan was proud to be a part of the Resilient Rivers Initiative and believed collaboration was critical to improving the Logan-Albert catchment.
"Collaboration is key when it comes to protecting and improving our catchments," he said.
"Creeks and rivers don't follow our council boundaries and therefore we need to work together to deliver the best possible outcomes for the environment and our residents.
"The south-west parts of region are often the hardest hit by severe weather events. The SEQ mayors realise this and are working together, through the Resilient Rivers Initiative, to keep farming soil on the land and out of our rivers and streams."
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen added that sharing a catchment management officer between the two councils made sense and fostered stronger collaboration across council boundaries.
"There are so many stakeholders who play an important role in protecting the Logan-Albert. Having one resource to ensure we are all working together is a huge advantage," he said.
"The Resilient Rivers Initiative is not just about delivering on-ground improvements. By funding a shared catchment management officer, it's promoting collaboration, engagement and knowledge-sharing between councils, landholders and other entities working in our catchments.
"Today's get together event with landholders was a big part of that process. It's an opportunity for stakeholders to come together to share ideas and experiences that can make the Logan-Albert catchment stronger."