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Brisbane River

Students enrolled at The University of Queensland participate in a one-day field trip to Brisbane River.
Brisbane River field trip


As an introduction to the 'Science of water' module of the program, students participated in a one-day trip by bus and boat on the Brisbane River, beginning at Wivenhoe Dam and ending up in the city.

Students at the Wivenhoe Dam

Students visit the primary water supply dam for the Brisbane city - Wivenhoe Dam and hear a presentation on the technical data, flood mitigation and hydro-electric power. 

Lecture at the Wivenhoe Dam


After the morning tea and a presentation from the management of the Wivenhoe Dam, students board the bus and visit the sites in the area.




Students also have an opportunity to examine the area erosion management sites and interact with the staff from the primary water service provider in the South East Queenslad - the SEQ Water. 


Lunch is provided at the Seventeen Mile Rocks park. Once mainly farming land and home to Queensland Cement and Lime, the suburb is these days probably best known for Brisbane City Council’s Rocks Riverside Park in Counihan Road.

Students look at water-sensitive urban design and initiatives for retrofitting industrial or drainage sites as parks and other green areas.




After the presentation, students travel to Bowies Flat Wetland where they visit a wetland constructed by the Brisbane City Council in the existing two hectare park area.



Students visit the park and hear about the enhanced recreational amenity, which was a key element of project.



Students travel back to Brisbane in a CityCat, where they view stormwater infrastructure, drains and harbour activity.



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