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Catchment stories

Catchment stories combine the components and processes of catchments to build a story of how the catchment works.

To effectively manage a catchment it is important to have a collective understanding of how the catchment works. Catchment stories provide a mechanism for integrating spatial information, photographs and animations with an informative narrative to demonstrate the features of the catchment.

The information in the ‘catchment stories’ was compiled with experts using the ‘walking the landscape’ process, where experts systematically worked through a catchment in a facilitated workshop, to incorporate diverse knowledge on the landscape.

The stories describe the location, extent and values of the catchments as well as demonstrate the key features which influence water flow, including geology, topography, rainfall and run-off, natural features, human modifications and land uses.

The Pumicestone catchment animation was developed using the Walking the Landscape process but was presented in a video format and also provides a picture of water movement within the catchment.


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The Queensland Reconstruction Authority

This catchment story was developed in conjunction with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority's Burnett Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy.

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Terrain (Wet Tropics) Natural Resource Management Group

Terrain has also developed catchment profiles.

Additional information

Catchment transcripts

Last updated: 2 February 2023

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2023) Catchment stories, WetlandInfo website, accessed 18 March 2024. Available at:

Queensland Government
WetlandInfo   —   Department of Environment, Science and Innovation