Cobaki and Terranora Broadwater Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program ‘Report Card’ launch
- 10.00am, Tuesday 4 August 2009
- Pioneer Park, Kennedy Drive, West Tweed Heads
The release of this document is the culmination of two years work by Tweed Shire Council in association with the International WaterCentre, and is an accurate and holistic assessment of the ecological health of the catchment and waterways of Cobaki and Terranora. Information relating to fish communities, seagrass, algal growth and water quality have been collected monthly from 28 locations, from the source to the sea, over a full year.
Report card grades between A and F have been attributed to eight major areas within the combined waterways, with an overall rating applied to the freshwater and estuarine system.
The methodology used to collect and interpret this data has been developed in Moreton Bay by the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership, and this is the first application of the waterways assessment and rating system within NSW. The International WaterCentre has coordinated a team of scientists from The University of Queensland, CSIRO, Qld Department of Environment and Resource Management and the Tweed Laboratory Centre to produce this work.
The major goal of this launch is to highlight the findings of the assessment to the community, however, it is also a chance to acknowledge the support and hard work of those involved in the project, and demonstrate the endorsement of the broad number of stakeholders represented by the Tweed River Committee.