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B4C Sustainability Centre

Cnr Wright & 1358 Old Cleveland Rd, Carindale

Brisbane, Queensland 4152

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Attend our creek repair workshop with a focus on technical design and processes. With Fluvial Geomorphologist Peter McAdam. This workshop is most suited to those who are already involved with waterway repair and restoration. You will receive detailed technical information you can then utilise with your waterway care and/or catchment group.

This is the second time we are holding this workshop. The first one was sold out with a waiting list. Based on feedback provided, this time we're making it slightly longer and with fewer participants. The cost has been adjusted accordingly.
Includes morning tea and lunch. Please email b4c@bulimbacreek.org.au with any special dietary requirements by Friday 3rd May.

The event will be held at B4C's Sustainability Centre at Carindale with a waterway site visit close-by. This workshop is partially funded by the Bulimba Creek Environment Fund.

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to investment in stream degradation. Particularly in Queensland, and less so in NSW, the key threatening process of stream bed lowering is poorly understood by landholders, regulators and environmental groups.

Much money and effort goes into the rehabilitation of severely degraded sites. Some of this investment is wasted, or masks ongoing degradation. Unless the geomorphic processes that are driving the degradation are understood, they won’t be addressed. Instead of looking at the symptoms of a site, we need to address the causes affecting that site. Sites which are in otherwise good condition may be degrading unnoticed while this rehab work is going on.

Topics include:
  • The hydrologic cycle – focus on stream-flow and the parts of the cycle that affect that
  • Drawing streams/creeks/catchments – plan view, long section, cross sections.
  • In-stream processes – erosion and deposition – streams as dynamic systems.
  • Factors that affect stream competence, velocity, depth, slope, particle sizes.
  • Some conservation concepts – raising the Titanic, conservation vs rehabilitation, your reach in context, legal and physical access, where best to focus your efforts.
  • Recovery potential, target condition, using analogues/similar streams.
  • Some types of interventions – in-stream works, bed and bank protection.
  • Rules of thumb for instream works.
  • Applying to do in-stream works – permits & conditions.


** YOUR WORKSHOP FACILITATOR: PETER MCADAM **
Peter graduated in 1986 with a BSc in Land and Water Processes and their Management. He has worked in a broad range of policy, environmental management and extension positions in the community sector and three spheres of government.

The work that Peter likes best is spending time with land managers, helping them to interpret river processes and behaviour, and designing rehabilitation projects to address the key problems. Fluvial geomorphology in practice.

Peter also has an environmental law degree. He finds legal knowledge important for finding ways to work with (and around) the often-conflicting laws relating to riparian management. This crossover of skill is important in areas such as permits for in-stream works like excavations in streams, construction of works like fish passages, erosion controls, crossings, multi-party partnerships, regulation of sand and gravel extraction and fish habitats permits.

Landholders regularly invite Peter to look at the loss of stream banks. Well over half of the time, the key threatening active process is streambed lowering. Peter says that, once explained to them, and the evidence is shown, nearly all landholders find it easy to understand, and can see the benefits in addressing this first.
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