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NEW WETLAND PLANS FOR MCCREADYS CREEK

By Tammy Laval

Feedback sought on wetlands

Plans to redevelop a new wetlands and recreational area in the old cane paddock opposite Masters Home Improvement have been announced this week.

Council is hoping to return the parcel of land between Holts and Beaconsfield roads to a wetland area and is seeking public feedback on a recently completed concept design.

Development Services Director Gerard Carlyon said the McCreadys Creek South Regional Wetland project would have benefits for the environment while providing a new recreational area for residents to enjoy.

“The wetlands will provide a habitat for catadromous fish species that migrate inland to mature before travelling back out to sea to spawn,” he said.

“This includes important recreational and commercial fish species such as barramundi, mangrove jack and sea mullet.”

The wetland is designed to detain more regular, lower magnitude water flows, which will reduce flood and stormwater issues in the area.

The project will be largely funded by stormwater quality contributions paid by developers.

Under state and local legislation developers are required to improve stormwater quality management in the area they are developing.

“In consultation with the development industry, council made the strategic decision to adopt a policy in 2014 giving developers the choice to opt in to pool this money together.

“The policy was designed to give council the ability to manage water quality at a regional level, where appropriate, rather than investing in small scale stormwater management systems.

“The McCreadys Creek South Regional Wetland was identified as one of the projects that would deliver better outcomes for the development industry at a regional level.

“The project also presented better outcomes for the environment than implementing small-scale stormwater management systems.”

The wetland is designed to detain more regular, lower magnitude water flows, which will reduce flood and stormwater issues in the area.

Once the detailed design is complete council will seek grant funding contributions to begin staging the construction of the wetlands.

In addition to the environmental benefits, McCreadys Creek South Regional Wetland will also provide residents and tourists with new open space to enjoy.

“We envisage the wetland being a place where people can come to enjoy a variety of leisure activities such as taking the dog for a walk, enjoying a spot of bird watching from a board walk or a picnic with family and friends,” Mr Carlyon said.

“Of course, we would love to hear what residents want to see included as part of the design.

“We are inviting them to visit our Connecting Mackay website and find out more about the project and share their thoughts.”

Consultation is open until April 1 and residents are encouraged to complete the survey at http://connectingmackay.com.au/mccreadys-creek-wetlands to have their say.

They can also view the plans in person and chat to members of the project team on Saturday, March 19 from 10am-12pm at Masters Home Improvement.

For more information on this project contact council’s Community Engagement team on 4961 9803 or email: engagement@mackay.qld.gov.au

Sourced from the Mackay Regional Council

Wetland Plans for McCreadys Creek Development 2016

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