Basin down­graded

The Fitzroy’s re­port is in

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Weekly - GEORDI OFFORD Geordi.offord@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

. . THE re­port card is in and the Fitzroy Basin has been given a C grade.

This is a drop from the B the Fitzroy Part­ner­ship for River Health graded the catch­ment last year.

Fitzroy Part­ner­ship ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nathan John­ston said the flood­ing af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie in 2017 played a part in the grade.

“A ‘C’ means we saw a mix of good, fair and poor re­sults in terms of the wa­ter qual­ity and ecosys­tem health,” he said.

“In pre­vi­ous years those cat­e­gories have been a bit bet­ter and this year we saw a de­cline on those. The big­ger the flood means the grade declines, Deb­bie messed with our grades.”

Mr John­ston said the grade is an av­er­age for the basin which spans across CQ.

“Eighty per cent of the Fitzroy is on graz­ing land and there’s min­ing, coal seam gas and vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties,” he said. “We don’t ex­pect it to be pris­tine like a rain­for­est stream, but we don’t want it to be to­tally rub­bish ei­ther.”

PHOTO: GEORDI OFFORD

RE­PORT CARD: Dr Eva Abal of the in­de­pen­dent Fitzroy Part­ner­ship Science Panel and Fitzroy Part­ner­ship ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nathan John­ston.

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