Creek to Coral Community Monitoring
The map below highlights the areas where sampling has occurred for this program.
Click on the map to view information about the drainage basins in this area.
Program start date
Monitoring commenced in each catchment at different times:
Program end date
Objectives of the program
To involve the local community in catchment management activities, such as water quality monitoring, through the Creekwatch initiative. In this way, Creekwatch helps create local ownership of Townsville’s waterways through education and involvement. Creekwatch activities provide environmental benefits to the local environment and social benefits to volunteers, while also providing valuable data that may be used in decision making.
Who is involved?
Creek to Coral Initiative (Townsville City Council) and Conservation Volunteers Australia
Contact details of lead organisation: enquiries♲townsville.qld.gov.au
Department of Environment and Science, NQ Dry Tropics and community groups including Scouts Australia, Rotary Australia and local schools.
List of indicators monitored
Scale of program
Local government area
Brief description of sampling locations
Monitoring is conducted at a number of sites associated with Louisa Creek, Ross River, Sachs Creek, Mundy Creek, Bluewater Creek, Whites Creek, Stuart Creek and Bohle River in the Townsville local government area.
Frequency of monitoring
Monitoring is intended to be ongoing at all sites, with monitoring of biological and water quality indicators occurring on a monthly basis.
Where is the program reported?
Data is intended to be embedded on the Creek to Coral website for public access. Open communication lines have historically existed between Townsville City Council officers and Conservation Volunteers Australia for sharing data and observations within catchments. The Creekwatch program will be reviewed during 2011-12 to improve reporting and feedback to community groups and to improve the quality of data collected and recorded.
The mangrove and associated communities within Moreton Bay area, South East Queensland, have been mapped to the same consistent standards and protocols twice over the last forty years (Dowling, 1986 and Dowling and Stephens, 2001). These studies were based on 1974 aerial photographs and 1997 digital ortho-photographs respectively. The same mapping classification and scale was applied in the above two studies providing a consistent baseline for monitoring the mangrove and associated communities of Moreton Bay. The floristic classification used in these studies provides an important baseline to assess and quantify changes at a species level within mangrove communities as well as their distribution within the Bay. The temporal change available from these studies provides the time frames and when and where these changes have occurred.
Last updated: 22 March 2013
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2013) Creek to Coral Community Monitoring, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 April 2023. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/assessment/monitoring/current-and-future-monitoring/creek-to-coral-community-monitoring.html