Maintaining our waterways
in the Coastal Dry Tropics

Townsville-Thuringowa Waterways

Creek to Coral
Our Waterways, Our Responsibility

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Events Supporting Creek to Coral

About Creek to Coral



"To achieve, sustain and promote the benefits of a clean, fresh and marine water ecosystem and to encourage, educate and reward integrated catchment management within a community framework. Emphasis is placed on information exchange linking like objectives resulting in increased quality of water in the Townsville/Thuringowa Coastal Dry Tropics region."


To maintain clean wetlands and healthy waterways from Creek to Coral within the Townsville/Thuringowa Coastal Dry Tropics catchments. This will be achieved by emphasising a combined approach on a scientific, community, business and local, state and commonwealth government scale, resulting in good water quality, appropriately managed within the coastal catchments and local marine environments.


  • To utilise the skills, expertise and resources within the Townsville/Thuringowa coastal catchments for its management;

  • Protect natural values, biodiversity and ecosystem services of the coastal catchments, floodplains and wetlands;

  • Ensure sustainable management of storm water quality and effluent;

  • To focus on the benefits and opportunities of total water cycle management including conservation of the regional water resource from rainfall to outfall;

  • To monitor and conduct scientific research into water quality in order to understand process and impacts;

  • To prepare coastal catchment and waterway health indicators;

  • To view the coastal marine environment as a biophysical indicator of our effectiveness in managing terrestrial waterways and wetlands;

  • Inform, educate, involve and engender community-based stewardship, awareness and ownership of catchment issues;

  • Develop innovative and nationally significant approaches to catchment and waterway management;

  • Formation of a Board of Directors and Project Control Group with supporting Working groups (Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Research, Community Education and Involvement, On-ground Action and Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Emergency Response);

  • Compliment and respect the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (Aust. Gov.);

  • Acknowledge, reinforce and maintain previous partnerships and contributions, and aim to achieve on-ground results in the future;

  • To synergise with the Community Plan for Natural Resource Management in Townsville/Thuringowa as part of the development and implementation of the accredited Burdekin Dry Tropics Region Plan.

Four working groups are facilitated by a Creek to Coral Coordinator reporting to the Environmental Management Reference Group (EMRG) and the Project Control Group (PCG). The working groups bring together the key aspects of implementing the aims and objectives in relevant areas and include:

  1. Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Research

  2. Community Education and Involvement

  3. On ground action and infrastructure

  4. Environmental Protection and Emergency Response


About Creek to Coral - PDFs, links and contacts

For further information contact:
Creek to Coral Coordinator
Tel: 4727 9317

Supporting Information


VIDEO: Reefwatch - urban stormwater & pollution mgt

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GBRMPA Reefwatch Education
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TCC Urban Stormwater
CoT Riverway
Total Water Cycle (Education)

VIDEO: See Waterboy in action
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"We are clean healthy water!"

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VIDEO: View a digital fly-over of Mt. St. John and Louisa creek
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Events Supporting Creek to Coral:

Sustainability Summit
Townsville 2007

Urban Nature: Youth Ecotourism Forum and Urban Art Jigsaw
The ‘Art in School” program

Engineers Visioning a Sustainable Future March 2006
Total Water Cycle Management and Engineering

ICLEI World Congress
Cape Town, February 2006
Presentation by Greg Bruce to Water Session (2.5Mb .pps)

Queensland Conservation Conference 2005
Great Barrier Reef » 30 Years of Management and Future Challenges

When » Thursday, 15th September - Saturday 17th September 2005.
Details » Conference Program (35Kb .pdf)

Great Barrier Reef » 30 Years of Management and Future Challenges
Public Open Day » Annual Queensland Conservation Conference

Townsville City Council is proudly sponsoring this Public Open Day to give opportunity for the wider community to learn about how we can all help protect one of our most spectacular and economically important marine environments - the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area.

When » Saturday, 17th September 2005.   Time» 9am - 4pm.
Location » Reef HQ Complex (TATSICC Gallery and IMAX Theatre).
Schedule »
» 9am - Welcome and public talk by Deputy Mayor Cr Ann Bunnell.
» 9am - 12.30pm - Presentations and discussion of issues facing the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
» 12.45 - 1.30pm - Screening of Living Sea at the IMAX Theatre is free to all registered participants at the presentations.
» 1.30 - 4.00pm - Post-conference tour.
» 9am - 4pm - Stunning static display.

For further details contact Environmental Management Services
on 4727 9310 or view the Information Sheet (215Kb .pdf)

A conference dinner with a difference!
Experience the spectacular Reef HQ by night

The Organisers of the 2005 Queensland Conservation Conference invite all members of the public to participate in the memorable evening.

When » Thursday, September 15th 2005.   Time» 6:30pm.
Location » Reef HQ Complex (TATSICC Gallery and IMAX Theatre).
Cost » $65
Details » Invitation


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