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Local Government Perspectiveon Hilltops2Oceans (H2O)

Greg Bruce

Manager

Environmental Management Services

Townsville City Council

www.soe-townsville.org


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Local Government Perspective on Hilltops2OceansKey Elements

  • Local Government & Community healthy waterway partnerships & projects in conjunction with major engineering water assets.

  • Infrastructure based approach (Citiworks & Citiwater)

  • Community involvement & acknowledgement

  • The challenges and opportunities

  • Roles and activities of Local Government which affect change

  • Promoting “total water cycle management” principles and “whole of catchment management and sustainability”.

  • ICZM as local action: an The evolution of “Creek to Coral” which links the land and sea in our area for the first time.


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Local Government Context Geographically speaking

Dry SeasonSatellite image

Wet SeasonSatellite image

Louisa Ck.Catchment flyover


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Background to integrated frameworks

  • Council has been involved extensively in developing partnerships and alliances as a significant part of its policy, programs, and operations.

    Sometimes with success, sometimes not…

  • This has involved challenges and demonstrated clear opportunities for “integrated coastal zone management” including“whole of catchment management” and;

  • Finally achieving the linking of land and sea via the Healthy Waterways program of “Creek to Coral”.

    The Coral being indicative of the fringing coral reefs off Townsville and around Magnetic Island…


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Background to integrated frameworks (continued)

  • Working with community groups in extensive catchment management initiatives.

  • Support landcare groups across the twin cities of Townsville-Thuringowa and even further afield in association with the Burdekin Shire River Improvement Trust.

  • Support for on-ground wetland protection, management and promotion with private property owners. (Serpentine Lagoon - wetland of national significance), state government (Town Common and Louisa Creek).

  • The model – “Sustainability Planning Framework for Townsville City” demonstrates the internal and external relationships appropriate to the integration of water management (Sustainable Townsville program).


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Background to integrated frameworks (continued)

  • Environment officers have been working with Council’s water management and drainage engineering business units;

  • Leading edge of environmental care & management;

  • Transforming cultures in both environment and engineering fields to:

    • reflect the natural water cycle,

    • develop understanding of each others socio-economic and business needs, (especially cost effective maintenance and access to waterways)

    • integrate management process via stormwater/drainage/water management plans (eg: USQMP) and projects(NHT Clean Seas/USI)

  • Including complimentary development of significant partnerships with:

    • Conservation Volunteers Australia for delivering community waterway education and;

    • local Landcare groups for revegetation and riparian management.


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TCC projects which demonstrate an integrated approach

Local Government & Community Healthy Waterway Partnerships, Alliances and Projects

  • Designed and implemented “concrete” solutions(bioengineered GPTs and wetland treatment trains at Louisa Creek NHT Clean Seas Project & USI CBD Urban Waterway Project = A$2M investment)

  • Developing a Urban Stormwater Quality Management Plan (USQMP)

  • Obtaining integrated Drainage and Waterway Permits/Licenses

  • Community waterway management education process

  • Creek To Coral“Our waterways, our responsibility”

  • Carbon Neutral Water Recycling Project


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Projects which demonstrate an integrated infrastructure based: community approach

  • 5 Day soil erosion and sediment control course for the TropicsInternational Erosion Control Association (IECA) endorsed.

  • Haughton River rural catchment management (ICM)

  • Landcare & Catchment Centre (Dry Tropics Landcare Inc.)

  • Supporting regional community NRM plan (NaREF)

  • Cleveland Bay Consortium (water quality studies in bay)

  • Townsville Healthy Cities Plan(Environmental Health Officers)

  • Burdekin Dry Tropics Local Government Network (BDTLGN)

  • Regional Natural Assets Database (with Townsville Enterprise)

  • Townsville State of Environment Report – web based & dynamic

  • www.soe-townsville.org/hilltops2oceans


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Challenges in Institutionalising ICZM (Land and Sea) locally with communitylink to table page

  • What looking after our waterways means and the types of agreements and partnerships which assist and don’t.

  • Historically and contemporarily very little quantitative information available.

  • Catchment variability across the landscape and geography of Australia

  • Surveys and focus groups have shown that people in Townsville are concerned about the environment.

    • This does not translate into what actions they either need to take or are responsible for.

  • “Kakadu syndrome”


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Challenges in Institutionalising ICZM (Land and Sea) locally with community (continued)link to table page

  • Extra financial and social impost on the Council and how it manages its urban environments (especially retrofitting but also greenfields developments).

  • Developing community interest in environmental management and finding ways for them to be involved and participate is local challenge.

  • Central driver behind the case of establishing Creekwatch.

  • Always dependent on the financial and human resources available to complete the task

  • Which leads to an innovative approach of seeking partners anddeveloping appropriate levels of integration

  • Spending too much time on ideals and principles – the “way it should be”,

  • get it going, small steps and then work on refining the structure if required.


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Challenges in Institutionalising ICZM (Land and Sea) locally with community (continued) link to table page

  • Look for champions, or find where the capacity occurs or might occur and then seek to invest in that direction.

  • Developing trust, respect and the ability to provide written agreements which encapsulate expectations, liaison process, resources, and reporting.

  • The best efforts and capability of the representatives themselves

  • Recognising that it is all a process and that different things happen at varying speeds and at different times.

  • To act when the opportunity presents, and working with the up front “get on boarders”

  • Councils responsibilities have been increasing in environmental management and protection


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Case Study: with communityCreek to Coral“our waterways, our responsibility”

Business Plan

  • Vision

  • Objectives

  • Framework

  • Partners

  • Communication Network

  • Working groups

  • Success Factors

Launched on the 12th December, 2003 by the Qld Minister for Environment & the Mayors of Townsville and Thuringowa City Councils

Combined Townsville, Thuringowa and State Government Initiative to Maintain and Enhance our Healthy Waterways in the Coastal Dry Tropics


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Draft Business Plan 2004-2005 with community

“To achieve, sustain and promote the benefits of a clean, fresh and marine water ecosystem and to encourage, educate and involve community in integrated catchment management”.

Emphasis is placed on information exchange linking objectives resulting in increased quality of water in the Townsville Thuringowa Coastal Dry Tropics region.”

  • Infrastructure based

  • Community focused

  • Adaptive management framework

  • Integrated network (community, industry, science, government)

  • Local ownership

  • Environmentally sustainable

Slide prepared by R. Allan – C2C Project Officer


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Today’s situation: with community

Lots of individual catchment management initiatives

  • Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan

  • CRC Catchment to Reef Program

  • CSIRO Healthy Country Flagship Program

  • Coastal Catchments Initiative

  • Urban Stormwater Quality Management Plans (USQMP)

  • Ross River Waterway Management System

  • Regional Burdekin Dry Tropics Accredited NRM Plan

  • City Plans (TCC & CoT)

  • Environmental Management Plans

supporting

Slide prepared by R. Allan – C2C Project Officer


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Twin cities waterways are valued and the perception is they are fairly clean but need improving

People think of the waterways as compartments (i.e. Ross River, The Strand), not as an integrated catchment system

They can relate to the Creek to Coral concept and like it

Litter and Rubbish are the main problems

Waterway Management is the responsibility of everyone

“Our Waterways – Our Responsibility”

Community Perceptions

supporting

Slide prepared by R. Allan – C2C Project Officer

Back to “Challenges”


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Townsville Map with STP are fairly clean but need improving

Townsville

Magnetic Island

Cape Cleveland

Townsville Port

Sandfly Creek

Crocodile Creek

Alligator Creek

Discharge

Cleveland Bay STP

Ross River Catchment

Black River

Bohle River

Discharge

Mt Low STP

Discharge

Bohle River STP

Mt St John STP

Deeragun STP

Discharge

Discharge

Ross River

Discharge

Condon STP

Ross Dam


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Objectives are fairly clean but need improvinginclude…

  • Ensure sustainable management of storm water,

    ground water and effluent

  • Focus on the benefits of total water cycle management

    including recycled water

  • Reduce N & P discharge from STP to 5:1 ratio by 2008

    through a load based licence


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Objectives are fairly clean but need improvinginclude(continued)…

  • View the coastal marine environment as a biophysical indicator of our

    effectiveness in managing terrestrial waterways and wetlands.

  • Identify waterway health indicators & develop a score card system to access ecosystem health

  • Inform, educate, and involve community based stewardship, awareness and ownership of catchment and wetland issues (including recreational use)

Slide prepared by R. Allan – C2C Project Officer


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BDTB are fairly clean but need improving

Framework

Schools

&

Community Groups

Key terrestrial and coastal sites

NaREF

Community ownership and education

Biodiversity & natural values of catchment

TCC

(CVA)

TPA

(Cleveland Bay Consortium)

CoT

Govt. Agencies

Coordination

Commerce and

Industry

EPA

NQ Water

GBRMPA

(LMAC)

Monitoring and catchment health indicators

Storm water, treated water, water supply and use

Urban and rural planning and development

Traditional Owner

Groups

(BDTB)

Scientific research agencies


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Communications Network are fairly clean but need improving

Current Board of Directors

TCC Mayor, CoT Mayor, GBRMPA, EPA Executive Director

Current Project Control Group

Consists of representatives from TCC, CoT, EPA, GBRMPA

Environmental Management Reference Group

EPA, NQ Water, TCC, CoT, TPA, GBRMPA

Traditional Owner Advisory Group(BDTB)

C to C Coordinator

Working Groups


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Community Education and Involvement are fairly clean but need improving

NaREF

CVA

GBRMPA

TCC

Citiwater

CoT

Thuringowa Water

Environmental Protection and Emergency Response

EPA

TCC

CoT

DPI

TPA

DNR&M

AAL

On-ground Action and Infrastructure

TCC

CoT

NQ Water

NaREF

TPA

Thuringowa Water

Citiwater

Main Roads

Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Research

CRCReef

ACTFR

JCU

AIMS

CSIRO

CoT

TCC

EPA

GBRMPANQ Water

TPA

CVA

DNR&M

DPI

AAL

Defence

QNI

AMH

BM Webb Group

Community Partners

Seagrass Watch, Reef Check, Louisa Creekwatch

Fish Watch (TCC), Traditional Owners, TSV Sustainable Schools

Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC)

Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare

Marine Coastal Community Network (MCCN), Reef Guardian Schools

Indo Pacific Sea Turtle Conservation Group (IPSTCG)

Burdekin Dry Tropics Board (BDTB), NQCC

Natural Resource Environment Forum (NaREF)


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Integrated Water Quality Monitoring & Research are fairly clean but need improving

Community Education and Involvement

On-ground Action and Infrastructure

Environmental Protection & Emergency Response

The Working Groups


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INFRASTRUCTURE WORKING GROUP are fairly clean but need improving

  • Stormwater (GPTs)

  • Sewage / recycled water

  • (STPs, Industries)

  • Water supply & treatment

  • Managing point source discharge from industry and ERA’s

  • Rivers, creeks & wetland

  • rehabilitation

  • Groundwater Use

Graphic courtesy of SEQ Healthy Waterways


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Community Education, Involvement and Monitoring are fairly clean but need improving

  • Catchment tours

  • Events (Ecofiesta, Wetlands festival)

  • Reef Guardian Schools (Reef Beat)

  • TSV Sustainable Schools

  • Calenders, fliers, posters

Slide prepared by R. Allan – C2C Project Officer

Seagrass Coral Reef Health Water quality & Fish Marine Turtles


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Water Quality Monitoring are fairly clean but need improving

  • Monitor receiving water quality & ecosystem health

  • Establish baseline understanding of current monitoring

  • Report cards / State of Environment reports

Slide prepared by R. Allan – C2C Project Officer


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Ecosystem Health are fairly clean but need improving

  • Coral

  • Fish habitat & species

  • Aquatic weeds

  • Riparian vegetation

  • Mangroves, seagrass, algae

  • Turtles (marine/fresh) / dugong

  • Birds

  • Water Quality

Slide prepared by R. Allan – C2C Project Officer


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ScoreCard are fairly clean but need improving

Graphic courtesy of SEQ Healthy Waterways


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Current Partners are fairly clean but need improving

  • Townsville City Council

  • City of Thuringowa

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • NQ Water

  • Townsville Port Authority

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority


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The End are fairly clean but need improving

exit

SustainableTownsville

CyberFactory.com.au


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C2C are fairly clean but need improving

Combined Townsville, Thuringowa and State Government Initiative to Maintain and Enhance our Healthy Waterways in the Coastal Dry Tropics


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Creek to Coral Administration and management are fairly clean but need improving

  • An acting coordinator has been employed by TCC to initiate implementation of the Creek to Coral project.

  • The project coordinator will facilitate the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the project control groups and the working groups.


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Success Factors are fairly clean but need improving

  • Stakeholder involvement in agreement-based decision making

  • Whole of community approach to monitoring & feedback

  • Local government as champions and advocates

  • Good quality integrated monitoring

  • Effective and timely project management

  • Good external links to regional planning & funding (all levels of government involved and committed)

  • Adequate funding generated through creative alliances of governments, industry and community

Slide prepared by R. Allan – C2C Project Officer


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Thuringowa are fairly clean but need improving

Black River Catchment