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SOWN Enoggera Catchment Plan

Background and Context

SOWN's aim is to care for the Enoggera Catchment. How do you think we can do that better in the future?

Last year SOWN looked back over 25 years of our history and activities in caring for the Enoggera Catchment. This year we are looking ahead to develop plans and identify actions for the future.

SOWN has commenced the preparation of an Enoggera Catchment Plan in 2020 which will look at threats and opportunities for the catchment. The plan will identify policies and priority actions to guide the activities of SOWN over the next 10 years.

The SOWN Management Committee will guide and make decisions about the preparation of the plan.

The current COVID-19 restrictions will influence how we provide opportunities for input by SOWN group leaders, active members and key partners and stakeholders by using the SOWN website, social media applications and workshops.

Objectives of the Plan

Based on the objectives of the association in the SOWN constitution, the following draft objectives have been developed for the plan:

1) To rehabilitate and maintain the environmental health of Enoggera Catchment waterways;

2) To rehabilitate and maintain linked bushland areas along waterways;

3) To protect and improve biodiversity in the catchment;

4) To respond to the impacts of climate change;

5) To encourage community participation, awareness and education in SOWN activities;

6) To identify policies and priority actions for SOWN.

Time Horizon and Catchment Maps

The plan will have a 10 year time horizon and include a 5 year action plan that can be reviewed annually.

The geographic area covered by the plan will be the whole of the Enoggera Catchment. This includes the National Park upstream of the Enoggera Reservoir and the tidal reaches east of Bancroft Park weir down to the Brisbane River.

The attached Enoggera Catchment Aerial Map shows the whole catchment, the main sub-catchments and the vegetated areas.

The attached Enoggera Catchment Land Tenure Map shows the catchment and the areas owned/managed by the State Government, the Australian Army, Brisbane City Council and private individuals and organisations.

Both of these maps can be opened and viewed at a larger scale or downloaded.

Program and Activities

It is intended to complete the Enoggera Catchment plan by the end of 2020. The proposed program and activities will be influenced by what is possible under the COVID-19 restrictions.

March - July
Information and data collection
Preparation of mapping
Consultation with SOWN groups, members, partners and stakeholders. Member survey.

August
Planning and consultation workshop (half day - maybe two) to identify proposals

September - October
Evaluation workshop
Preparation of draft plan document

November
Online consultation on draft plan

December
Finalise and approve SOWN Enoggera Catchment Plan