Logan City Council to join forces with Gold Coast City Council to demolish Luscombe Weir on Albert River

LOGAN City Council will demolish Luscombe Weir, in a joint project with its Gold Coast counterpart, to improve it for wildlife and watersport lovers.

BIG RIVER PLAN: Councillor Laurie Koranski and Teresa Lane.

BIG RIVER PLAN: Councillor Laurie Koranski and Teresa Lane.

The weir was built on the Albert River in the 1950s to provide water for Beenleigh, but it no longer serves that purpose.

Council said the weir's removal would improve waterway health and allow for more fish up the river.

It will also eliminate future maintenance costs.

Infrastructure chair Teresa Lane said the move was a win for the community and the environment.

"Activities such as kayaking and fishing are already popular at the weir and this will make it even easier to enjoy the Albert River and all it has to offer," Cr Lane said.

"Removing the barrier will be great for the native fish population which in turn opens up eco-tourism opportunities."

Division 4 Councillor Laurie Koranski said returning the river to its natural state was the right thing to do.

"Both councils deserve to be commended for devising a solution that benefits the community and the environment," Cr Koranski said.

The cost of removal and restoration will be shared between the councils. A tender process will soon begin.

The Albert River is a place of spiritual significance for the Yuggera and Yugambeh language groups.

The traditional name of the river is Billinooba, meaning place of parrots. In 2017, researchers confirmed platypus were in the river.

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