The Reef Programme Project is supported by Barron Catchment Care, through funding from the Australian Government and with support from Tablelands Regional Council

Stormwater Reef Programme

STORMWATER management is one of the most significant seasonal issues within the Barron Catchment and is now the focus of a major $1.8 million project on the Atherton Tablelands to manage and mitigate localised flooding and erosion.

The project is being coordinated by Barron Catchment Care (BCC), a community group within the Wet Tropics Region promoting sustainable land use and implementing catchment management strategies for healthy land and waterways.
Barron Catchment Care is partnering with the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) and community groups to slow the flow of stormwater and restore natural habitat throughout urban landscapes near Tolga and Atherton.

The project will result in significantly improved capture of stormwater run-off from Bones Knob and Hallorans Hill through the installation of improved stormwater drainage systems and revegetation of strategic areas throughout Rangeview and near the Atherton Aerodrome. The project also includes management of invasive species in a connected landscape, the protection and enhancement of native vegetation, and biodiverse plantings of at least 18 naturally-occurring species.

Improved drainage systems, vegetation restoration and invasive weed management in these areas will mitigate known overland flow and erosion problems for local residents; create new wildlife habitat, enhance biodiversity and ultimately enhance the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

Funding of this project has been made possible through a Federal Government ‘Systems Repair and Urban Water Quality’ Reef Programme grant (2013-2018).

In its 20th year, Barron Catchment Care is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to promoting healthy land and waterways through local projects that provide real economic and environmental outcomes.

This project will result in significantly improved capture of stormwater run-off from Bones Knob and Hallorans Hill in the Atherton region.

This will be achieved over five years (2013-2018) through the installation of improved stormwater drainage systems and revegetation of strategic areas throughout Rangeview and near the Atherton Airstrip.

Improved drainage systems and vegetation restoration in these areas will mitigate known overland flow and erosion problems for local residents; create new wildlife habitat, allow for better weed management, enhance biodiversity and ultimately enhance the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.