November - December 2019
Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) manages a significant number of urban (constructed/artificial) waterbodies. These waterbodies 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.
There are currently 50 urban waterbodies for which Council has management responsibility. A total of 54 waterbodies, including four which are not currently managed by Council, were included in the assessment and development of the framework and strategy. These 54 waterbodies have a combined surface area of 120 hectares and 45 kilometres of waterbody edges. In conjunction with Strategy, two (2) of the highest priority and largest waterbody systems were selected for the development of 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.The Fraser Coast Waterbody Management Technical Report and engagement feedback were used to develop the strategy and management plans.
Council at its Ordinary Council Meeting held Wednesday 24 March 2021, adopted the Fraser Coast Waterbody Management Strategy and the Waterbody Management Plans for Lowlands Lagoons (Anembo Lakes) in Torquay, and the Ululah Lagoons in Maryborough.
To view the strategy, plans, policy, engagement evaluation and other information- download below or from the Document Library.
In March 2021, Council endorsed the new Fraser Coast Waterbody Management Strategy and guiding management plans for the Ululah Lagoons and Lowlands Lagoons (Anembo Lakes). Council also adopted a policy for Constructed Waterbodies.
November - December 2019
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
March – June 2020
June - December 2020
Finalisation of Water Management Strategy
Finalisation of Waterbody Management Plan - Lowlands Lagoons
Finalisation of Waterbody Management Plan - Ululah Lagoons
November - December 2020
For consideration by Council in future budget deliberations.