Little McCreadys Creek Rehabilitation Project
Mackay Regional Council and Reef Catchments Pty Ltd
Case study type
Voluntary Mechanism for Stormwater Quality Management
Reef Programme Urban Systems Repair
1 September 2015
30 June 2016
The Mackay Region has undergone extensive urban development that has led to the removal and degradation of a wide variety of natural ecosystems. Freshwater creeks, lagoons and wetlands have been particularly impacted by urban development that occurs in highly fertile areas valued for agriculture. These aquatic systems benefit a wide variety of fauna by providing critical refuge habitats. These wetland habitats also treat and improve the quality of water flowing from the terrestrial landscape before entering into estuarine and near shore marine habitats. The Little McCreadys Creek rehabilitation project is one of five priority implementation projects under Councils voluntary mechanism for stormwater quality management.
Council has partnered with Reef Catchments to improve the quality of the water entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon from coastal urban development centres in the region as well as improve native habitat connectivity in these areas.
A rehabilitation project on Little McCreadys Creek is currently underway. Little McCreadys Creek is a 720 metre long, degraded and straightened creek channel. It has lost nearly all of its habitat value due to removal of riparian/in-stream habitat and invasion of weeds.
Project aims include:
Positive community and industry consultation supports the project and has informed the detailed design process. Project construction is currently underway and is scheduled to be finished by the end of the 2015-16 financial year.
This project will:
Last updated: 1 February 2016
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2016) Little McCreadys Creek Rehabilitation Project, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 May 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/resources/tools/wetland-project/little-mccreadys-creek-rehabilitation-project-21bc/