Reef Catchments, together with partners Mackay and Whitsunday Regional Councils and the Whitsunday River Improvement Trust, were successful in gaining funding under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements to conduct bank stabilisation works at priority reaches in the region that were impacted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated floodwaters in March 2017.

Stage one of the program funded Reef Catchments to conduct emergency works at five priority sites on Oaky Creek, Bakers Creek and the O’Connell River. Stage two saw another 12 Reef Catchments sites funded at sites on St.Helens Creek, the O’Connell River, West Hill Creek, Cherry Tree Creek and Marion Creek. Works being undertaken include detailed hydrological assessment and modelling to design optimal bank stabilisation works, on-ground works such as rock reinforcement and revegetation programs to stabilise and restore riparian areas.

Monitoring Organisation Reef Catchments

Name Katrina Dent

Phone 0438 115 086


Position in organisation General Manager

Activity Type erosion and sediment control projects (e.g. stream bank stabilisation, sediment retention basins)

Activity Indicators water quality in freshwater river basins

Activity location O'Connell catchment, Pioneer catchment, Plane catchment

Frequency of monitoring

Monitoring Start Date 01/08/2017


Location of monitoring data

Date quality / confidence

Collaborators Whitsunday Regional Council, Mackay Regional Council, Whitsunday River Improvement Trust

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