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Treatment forum

The Treatment Systems in Coastal Catchments Forum was an initiative of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. It was held at 400 George Street, Brisbane, 8 July 2016.

The Forum provided an overview of innovative new approaches to treatment systems, including treatment wetlands, floating wetlands, bioreactors, algae treatment and other technologies, which have the potential to reduce nutrients and pesticides from diffuse rural sources in the coastal catchments of Queensland.

Herbert Catchment Photo by Carla Wegscheidl

Quick facts

treatment wetlands are often created for the purpose of treating wastewater, or stormwater run-off. However, they may also be created for other purposes such as land rehabilitation for mining and refinery projects, erosion control, or environmental offsetting.

Treatment systems in coastal catchment summary report

The summary report provides a summary of the speakers’ presentations, questions and answers from the Treatment Systems in Coastal Catchments Forum held on 8 July 2016.

For more information on various treatment systems see the videos below.

Overview of monitoring in SEQ and GBR catchments

Ryan Turner, Principal Scientist, Department of Science Information Technology Innovation

Nutrient budgets, pools and processes in wetlands

Phil Moody, Science Division, Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation

Can wetlands save the reef?

Dr. Tom Headley, Water and Carbon Group

Wet/Dry Tropics Constructed wetlands

Dr Peter Breen, E2DesignLab

Landscape scale wetlands for water quality improvements

Dr Mark Bayley, Australian Wetlands Consulting (AWC)

Floating treatment wetlands

Andy Hornbuckle, SPEL Environmental and University of the Sunshine Coast

Denitrifying bioreactors—opportunities for nitrate removal

Prof Louis Schipper, University Waikato

Bioremediation using freshwater algae

Andrew Lawson, MBD Energy Limited


Dr Simon Tannock, AlgaEnviro

Shellfish reefs for water quality treatment

Susie Chapman, Healthy Waterways and Catchments


The treatment systems resources provided here are a reflection of the presentations at the time of the Treatment Forum and are not Queensland Government policy. Neither the Queensland Government nor the Department of Environment and Science (DES) accept liability for any decisions made or actions taken on the basis of this information. In particular, users are advised to refer to the current acts and regulations of the Queensland Parliament which DES administers and current DES policies and practices.

Additional information

The Wetland Management Handbook is a useful resource, providing information and advice on planning, designing, constructing, managing and maintaining constructed wetlands.

National Standards for the practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia

Fact sheets


Last updated: 5 October 2018

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Treatment forum, WetlandInfo 2018, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 14 December 2018, <>.

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