News

Oxley Creek fix critical

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced his plan to clean up Oxley Creek.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced his plan to clean up Oxley Creek. Chris Owen

IT'S no secret.

The water quality along Oxley Creek is among the worst in Brisbane.

Urban growth, sewage treatment plants, sand extraction and stormwater pollution have increased pressure on the waterway and its surrounding environment.

The waterway's toxicity levels, including Ecoli readings, still remain extremely high.

Its condition is now so poor the creek is assessed each year by Healthy Waterways and consistently given the lowest grade - an F.

The lingering issue has prompted Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to make it a focus for his re-election campaign.

With elections only three weeks away, Cr Quirk revealed his plan to tackle the city's polluted creeks head on if returned as Lord Mayor.

He announced $2 million would be spent on filtration systems that trapped silt, debris and other contaminants in a confined area in the creek system.

Cr Quirk said after a century of degradation, repairing the polluted creeks would not be a quick and easy fix.

"It's another step in a long recovery for our waterways but I have the patience and determination to see this through," Cr Quirk said.

Chief executive of the International Water Centre, Mark Pascoe, was present during the announcement and said the project needed to happen.

"It's important for the council to see a rating of F as a critical issue and that something needs to be addressed," Mr Pascoe said.

"An engineered filtering system like this is crucial and will help Brisbane waterways get its kidneys back."

But not everyone was swept away by Cr Quirks announcement.

Labor lord mayoral candidate Ray Smith said the creek filtration systems were something the council used to do as a basic core service but were cut under the current council administration.

"The Lord Mayor's announcement is simply restoring a service his administration never should have stopped," Mr Smith said.

"If we invest in our creeks and catchments and improve their health, we get so many other things right as well."


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Police charge woman after alleged child abduction

Police and locals joined forces to catch a suspect in Miles yesterday.

She is due to appear in court next month

Telstra, Optus customers at risk, says "ethical hacker"

File

'Digital doors' allow access to personal files, photos

Could Goodna trio be world's dumbest crims?

WATCHING: Police used a Safe City Camera to monitor suspects.

Safe City camera was watching activities of suspects

Local Partners

J.K. Rowling writes through severe back pain

An aching back couldn't stop J.K. Rowling catching inspiration

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

Chrissy Teigen likes her "soft" stretch marks

Stretch marks are no problem for Chrissy Teigen

Naomie Harris in the dark over Daniel Craig's future as 007

Naomie Harris has no idea if Daniel Craig will be returning as 007

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

Ed Sheeran wants Beyonce collaboration

Ed Sheeran wants to record a duet with Beyoncé.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!