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By Bulimba Creek, Nov 17 2014 09:50AM

Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection investigation into polluted seepage to be undertaken, after B4C sought some action.On the 11th of November, 2014, members of the Bulimba Creek Catchment Committee had a meeting with Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection, regarding the BMI Quarry at Pine Mt Rd and the plans by owners BMI to discharge water into Salvin Creek.

Part of the immediate problem, that has to be initially addressed, is the current seepage of acidic water with high levels of heavy metals into Salvin Creek. After consulting with B4C today, Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) have agreed to investigate the current seepage of contaminated water into Salvin Creek, because of the causal effects of quarry filling by BMI on the seepage.

This investigation is intended to prevent environmental harm to Salvin Creek. We believe Council also has responsibilities, under Section 440Z (g) of the Environmental Protection Act, to assume responsibility for release of contaminated water into Brisbane’s waterways.

B4C will continue to work with all parties, including BMI, to ensure that all steps are taken to protect the environment and community – both short and long-term. There are more issues to address and questions to be answered, we believe.


By Bulimba Creek, Nov 3 2014 09:47AM

Suncorp volunteers spent the morning at B4C’s Sustainability Centre on 29 October. The team of seven worked with B4C to create habitat on one of the swales in our grounds. The variety of native plants will provide habitat and food for small birds, lizards and insects. Funding for the 110 plants and mulch was from a small grant from the Brisbane Airport Corporation. The low growing plants had been grown by the B4C volunteers. We appreciative of the assistance of this enthusiastic group.

By Bulimba Creek, Nov 3 2014 09:34AM

Twenty visitors from the Qinghai Environment Group in China, visited Bulimba Creek sites at Tingalpa Wetlands and the Oxbow on 29 October. B4C president Mik Petter explained the history of the sites and how volunteers had assisted the B4C paid field team to control weeds and revegetate, vastly improving the habitat for wildlife as well as improving the water quality at the two sites. The important role of Council, State Government and Landcare in funding the rehabilitation was acknowledged. The visitors were very interested in the role of vegetation in water treatment, in particular the SQID (stormwater quality improvement device). This is the third year that Chinese delegations have visited our catchment, to learn how our organisation has been able to work with all levels of government to protect and improve the environment.

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