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The ‘Healthy Country’ program was established in 2007 to support communities, farmers and scientists to improve the health of South East Queensland’s waterways and Moreton Bay.

Originally led by SEQ Catchments, Healthy Waterways, the Queensland Government and Traditional Owners, and currently by SEQ Catchments with funding from the Queensland Government, the program has trialled a number of erosion and nutrient run-off reduction measures.

These include managing eroding gullies, planting trees, and installing fencing to keep livestock out of creeks, as well as soft engineering works such as rock chutes, sediment ponds and engineered log jams.

To date the focus has been on managing ‘priority catchments’ – those catchments contributing the greatest amount of sediment and nutrients flowing into our waterways; the Logan, Bremer, Lockyer and Pumicestone catchments.

Local community knowledge has been integral from the start with local steering committees established in each priority area. These groups of landholders that have a connection with, and local knowledge about their catchment, have been essential to the program’s success and helping to guide on-ground action.

Their efforts, combined with the latest scientific knowledge, have produced sustainable solutions that have reduced erosion, kept soil on the land and improved the resilience of our landscapes.