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Draft Fraser Coast Waterbody Management Framework

Project Overview


Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) manages fifty-four (54) urban (constructed/artificial) waterbodies, which provide a range of social, environmental and economic values and/functions such as: aesthetics, amenity, park landscape, ecological habitat and flood management.

Urban waterbodies are under considerable pressure due to urban runoff and other factors. Many waterbodies are in a degraded condition, or are at risk of deteriorating, with declining water quality and aesthetic values, fish kills, algal blooms, failure of hydraulic structures and infestations of noxious weeds.

The Draft Fraser Coast Waterbody Management Framework has been developed in order to strategically manage the 54 waterbodies across the region (with a combined surface area of 120 hectares and 45 kilometres of shoreline). In conjunction with the Framework, two (2) of the highest priority and largest waterbody systems were selected for the development of Draft Waterbody Management Plans (Ululah Lagoons, Maryborough and Lowlands Lagoons (Anembo Lakes), Torquay). These Waterbody Management Plans are considered pilot projects and may be progressively developed for other high priority waterbodies in the future. So far, key issues and potential actions have been identified; however, community feedback is being sought before progressing the detailed management plans.


A brief overview of the Draft Strategy and Draft Waterbody Management Plans have been summarised in our factsheet, however further information can also be found in the detailed technical reports available in the Document Library.

SURVEY ~HAVE YOUR SAY! (Closes 11:59pm Monday 9/12/19)

Council invites you to provide feedback by completing a survey in regards to our Draft Waterbody Management Framework, which should take less than 10 minutes to complete.If you are interested, you can also spend a little more time providing more specific feedback about our Draft Waterbody Management Plans for Ululah or Lowlands Lagoons too.

Please encourage your family and friends to get involved! Fully completed entries will go in the draw to win a Samsung Tablet (Terms and Conditions are available in the Document Library).


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  • Community Engagement

    November - December 2019

  • Review of Community Feedback

    December 2019

  • Development of Waterbody Management Strategy & Plans

    January-May 2020

    Development of Waterbody Management Strategy

    Development of Waterbody Management Plans (including recommended actions, high level cost estimates and indicative timeframes) for Lowlands Lagoons and Ululah Lagoons

  • Higher risk initiatives to be considered for draft 20/21 Operational Budget by Council

    March – June 2020

  • Finalisation of Water Management Strategy & Plans

    June 2020

    Finalisation of Water Management Strategy

    Finalisation of Waterbody Management Plan - Lowlands Lagoons

    Finalisation of Waterbody Management Plan - Ululah Lagoons

  • Implementation Phase


    Implementation Phase for Strategy and Waterbody Management Plans: Prioritise the recommended actions, prepare detailed designs and detailed cost estimate for consideration by Council for inclusion in 2021/22 and future budgets