Bulimba Creek, Australia and Gregory River, Australia
Bulimba Creek, Australia
Gregory River, Australia
The neighbouring town of Gregory Downs has less than 100 people
Origin, Tributaries, etc
The Bulimba catchment is the second largest creek catchment in Brisbane, Queensland.
The Gregory River is fed by limestone springs and flows all year round.
Role of river system
– Supports urban community living
– significant cultural and spiritual values to indigenous Australians
– traditional ecological knowledge
Australian Riverprize Winner, 2005
Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C), Queensland, won the Australian Riverprize in 2005. The area is dominated throughout by residential development. Whilst large scale industrial activities continue in the lower catchment, the upper catchment has some peri-urban areas.
Fed by limestone springs, the immense Gregory River is one of few rivers in this region that flow all year round thanks to a strong groundwater influence from Australia’s largest karst terrain.
The Maga-Kutana, Wakabunga, Nguburinjo, Ganggalida amd Mingin people are the traditional owners of the Gregory River catchment area and maintain strong cultural and spiritual connections with the land and rivers. The traditional ecological knowledge and health of these communities is in turn critical to the ongoing health of this wild river system.
B4C started building relationships in the Gregory in 2006 in collaboration with Southern Gulf Catchments. In 2007, B4C became a founding member of Gregory River Landcare Group and started to work with schools to establish healthy food gardens and facilitate cultural exchanges with students in Brisbane. The first healthy food gardens were established in 2008 at Gregory Downs, Burketown and Doomadgee, and since then members of Bulimba Creek Catchment have visited the region yearly to refurbish the gardens and run workshops with the students. There have been successes, failures and lessons learned. While twinning has been ongoing, 2013 will be a year of new challenges.
Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee
Gregory River Landcare
Burketown State School
Doomadgee State School
Gregory Educational Facility
Southern Gulf Catchments
healthy food gardens for local schools
prevention of waste from travelling tourists entering the river