SOWN Finalises Catchment Plan


‘There is nothing as practical as a good plan,’ says Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) President and urban planner John Abbott.

‘Thinking about where you are, where you want to be and how you are going to get there is always good practice for an organisation,’ John said, ‘especially in these changing and uncertain times.’

SOWN has looked at its objectives, reviewed new information and mapping about the catchment, and consulted its members and partners in developing and finalising the SOWN Enoggera Catchment Plan 2021-2026.

The objectives of the SOWN plan are to improve aquatic ecosystems, riparian vegetation, biodiversity, climate change adaptation and community engagement.

‘The plan sets out policies and priority actions to guide SOWN’s activities over the next five years,’ John said.

These include general policies like, widening the vegetation buffers along creeks to 20 metres to improve biodiversity and filter water inflows, creating vegetation corridors that link creek vegetation to bushland areas like Mount Coot-tha, and encouraging local residents to get involved in bushcare for their section of the creek.

Specific priority actions include Protecting The Gap Rainforest, modifying the weir in Bancroft Park and replacing it with an aquatic rockway and wetlands to allow fish passage, and exploring and responding to the impacts of climate change on creek vegetation and bushcare practice.

You can view or download the SOWN plan at SOWN_Enoggera_Catchment_Plan_2021-2026.