Ensuring high quality water supply for the Gladstone region begins at the source – the Lake Awoonga Catchment in the Boyne Valley. The Lake Awoonga catchment covers more than 23,000 hectares.
We undertake strategic catchment planning to minimise and manage risk to water quality.
Water quality is significantly influenced by the type and management of land use activities in the catchment, with nutrient and sediment levels attributed to the land clearing and cattle grazing that has occurred in the Boyne Valley over the past 100 years. It is vital we work in partnership with our neighbours, catchment landowners and the broader community to achieve better land management and water quality outcomes.
We develop long-term plans in partnership with our catchment communities and regional stakeholders to ensure a consistent approach land management and water quality. The plans identify and prioritise management actions and strategies to maintain or enhance the source water quality.
We also have an experienced team of land management, environmental specialists and catchment officers, who manage and maintain our catchment land and the recreational use of our sites.
They undertake duties including fire management, illegal access monitoring and management, pest and weed control, as well as managing public access to our very popular recreational facilities.