Project details

Monday, 10 November 2014 05:24
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The headwaters of Bridgewater Creek start in Coorparoo Heights, and consist of four bushland gullies upstream of Majestic Park.

Background of the project

There is a 1907 Council plan which shows the original course of Bridgewater Creek, which consisted of linked deep pools, notably at Greens Gully. The mouth of Bridgewater Creek flowed into Norman Creek, at a point to the west of Coorparoo State Secondary College, near their current carpark.  The mouth of the creek is currently located adjacent to Giffen Park (the Brisbane Lions training ground).

The first plantings were carried out in 1984 and 1986 in what was then the tidal section of the creek (in Wembley Park). Parts of the creek are piped underground, and back in 1998, Brisbane City Council hired a consulting group, Connell Wagner, to conduct a catchment study for the whole of Bridgewater Creek. One of its recommendations was for Council to consider a buy-back program to daylight (restore) the upstream section of the creek to supplement the existing stormwater system.

Current involvement

Current plantings in the freshwater section of Bridgewater Creek, Wembley Park, are about seven years old, and the bushcare group in this area is called Bridgewater Creek FREECS - Friends Re-establishing Environmental & Ecological Creek Systems. Students from the nearby Churchie school are involved as part of their curriculum activities. It has also involved corporate and community involvement, and attracted Federal Government and corporate funding. 

Future of the project

The aim of this project is to carry out riparian restoration of Bridgewater Creek through Wembley Park and if possible, right up to the source which is above Majestic Park in bushland easments in Coorparoo, not far from the water reservoir tower.  This would involve daylighting the creek, which means opening up sections which are currently piped underground.

Project contact details

Irregular working bees; contact Damien Madden on 3391 4235 or check our Facebook Page.

Strategic Plans

The following strategic plans have been developed for N4C by Ashley Nicholson, Landscape Architect.

Links

Read about how netballers and the creek could both benefit from a bike path realignment.

Read about the wider impact of cycle paths on waterways.

Acknowledgement

N4C would like to acknowledge the support of Brisbane City Council through the Lord Mayor’s Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants Program for planting at Bridgewater Creek.

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