CREEK BUDDIES: Antonio Mann, Haidyn Smith, Teegan Anno, Tom McConville and Chloe Jarrett-Lawton with a shopping trolley recovered from Moores Creek. Now Frenchman’s Creek needs help to return to its former glory.
CREEK BUDDIES: Antonio Mann, Haidyn Smith, Teegan Anno, Tom McConville and Chloe Jarrett-Lawton with a shopping trolley recovered from Moores Creek. Now Frenchman’s Creek needs help to return to its former glory. Chris Ison Rokccleanup

Rocky waterways on their way back to 1950s conditions

ROCKHAMPTON'S creeks are being rehabilitated and the Mayor wants to see a return to the idyllic days of the 1950s when the children and families in North Rockhampton fished and swam with a creek "at the end of every street".

Fitzroy Basin Association, with federal funding, is working with the council, community groups and schools with ongoing weed control, revegetation and urban rubbish removal in Frenchman's and Moores creeks.

School and community groups are now encouraged to adopt a section of Frenchman's Creek to help restore the waterway to its natural state.

"Our creeks can't care for themselves so they need a helping hand from our community," said Fitzroy Basin Association project officer Kelly Smith.

"Together we're creating urban wildlife corridors for our red back fairy wren, bandicoots and barramundi, just to name a few."

Ms Smith said groups like Shannon Park Girl Guides, Fitzroy Basin Elders Committee's Gundoo Junior Rangers, Lighthouse Christian School, Rocky Mountain Bike Club and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service had done a fantastic job.

"Now that Frenchman's Creek is cleared, we'll undertake targeted erosion control work including mulching and laying matting to reduce sediment run-off into the creek," she said.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said the "Tonka trucks" had been sent in and cleared out what had been quite degraded creeks with a lot of weeds and poor flow.

"Now we're keen to make sure the plants that grow back are the best ones," Cr Strelow said.

"We've directed staff to direct their attention to the creek to keep weeds under control… we want them to work with other groups to make sure they help us to plant back native species to keep the ecosystem healthy.

"If we stay on top of it, we can grow and develop lovely family and natural environmental spaces."

If your group or school is interested in adopting Frenchman's Creek, contact Kelly Smith on 4999 2836.



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