|"What is needed, along with freshwater, is fresh thinking. We need to learn how to value water." Mr. Kofi Annan|
Oak Valley Catchment Tour
Completed on Sunday 23 November, 2003
See description of the Tour and photos below
Top of Mt Stuart looking down the catchment to the Ross River floodplain
Following the Celebration of the Oak Valley Water Supply Project at the Oak Valley Bush Fire Brigade on Chisholm Trail on the 23rd of November, a group of enthusuiasts undertook a guided Catchment Tour
The tour went to the top of the Catchment, at Mount Stuart
and viewed both Oak Valley and the Ross River catchment. Two ends of the
|From there the tourists visited via Sachs Creek the Ross River
Dam. The creek runs through Oak Valley and feeds into the dam. So the people
of Oak Valley and their activities are part of caring for our water supply.
|At the dam we learnt from the NQ Water Ranger - Rob Hunt
all about the water storage, water quality management and the very high
conservation values of the dam for waterfowl (it is apparently classified
as a wetland of national significance by the Australian Government Environmental
Agency and is very important).
At the foot of the dam floodplain looking back up the catchment to Mt Stuart and Oak Valley behind the lower hills
The catchment tourists investigate with Citiwater
the water treatment plant
From the dam we passed the new dam wall works and then followed
the Ross River down to Stockland and across the bridge back up via Riverside
Gardens to the Citiwater Water Treatment Plant. this is the plant that
treats most of Townsville's drinking water.
|We ended the tour back at Oak Valley for a BBQ with Landcare.
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