Council takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously. And we acknowledge the environmental significance of the Karaaf wetlands.
In recognition of the importance of the stormwater drainage system on the health of the wetlands we commissioned the design of a stormwater masterplan prior to the development of Torquay North to ensure there was a cohesive system for management of stormwater.
Now it’s time to check how the system is performing. In October 2021 we began a major review of the catchment comprising four elements:
- An environmental assessment
- Storm water network assessment
- Planning framework
- Infrastructure plan
We acknowledge stormwater is impacting on the ecology of the Karaaf Wetlands. Overall water quality is good but we do need to better understand the impact of fresh water flows into the Karaaf.
Sediment from work-sites may be another factor impacting on downstream wetlands.
In the short term we have:
- Begun additional pumping of water to reduce overflow in peak times
- A campaign to ensure nearby building sites are properly managing litter and soil dispersal
- Introduced a new maintenance program
In the longer term our four-stage review will investigate the issues at a catchment wide level in collaboration with other land managers and community representatives.