Thousands of tonnes of water hyacinth have been removed from the Burdekin’s Plantation Creek.
Burdekin Shire Council joined forces with the North Burdekin Water Board to clear the waterway from Hutchings Lagoon to the Bruce Highway.
Council’s Mayor Bill Lowis said Council was concerned about the possible damage the weed could have caused to the railway line and highway if the Burdekin had a flood event.
“Council took the initiative to have Plantation Creek cleared to ensure there would be minimal damage caused by weeds building up against infrastructure if the creek was to flood,” he said.
“It took the aquatic weed harvester and an excavator 12 days to complete the job.”
Cr Lowis said the creek environs and its inhabitants would benefit greatly from the clearing of the weed.
“Not only does it improve how the creek looks, but there will be better oxygen levels for our native aquatic plants, insects and fish,” he said.
“It also opens up the creek to more recreational use, such as fishing and skiing.”
Burdekin Shire Council is committed to protecting the Great Barrier Reef through its partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Reef Guardian Council program. The innovative Reef Guardian Council program recognises Council’s environmentally sustainable practices and encourages identification of future opportunities and actions that will help to protect the Great Barrier Reef.