Smales Park bank stabilisation works

Smales Park bank stabilisation works

15.01.2015 - Posted by Misko Ivezich
I spent most of December in the picturesque Tallebudgera Valley (Queensland) helping with bank stabilisation and floodplain restoration works in Smales Park.

 
Before - bank erosion in recent floods had resulted in the loss of some of Smales Park.

Smales Park is a recreational area adjacent to Tallebudgera Creek. Bank erosion in recent floods had resulted in the loss of some of the park. Alluvium worked the City of Gold Coast Catchment Management Unit to develop options to rehabilitate the site. As the park was not widely used by the public, the council wished to restore the vegetation in the park - from predominately mowed lawn to a condition closer to its pre-European state. The regional ecosystems that previously grew on these floodplains - vine forest on alluvium and tall open forest on alluvium - are both listed as endangered.

Prior to undertaking any revegetation, the bank needed to be stabilised. Gold Coast Council were keen to combine the bank stabilisation works with instream habitat features to support a range of native fish including Australasian bass, Empire gudgeon, Crimson-spotted rainbowfish, Australian smelt and Striped gudgeon. We developed a design that utilised timber logs and large boulders to stabilise the bank, protect the vegetation establishing on the bank and floodplain, and provide instream habitat for the native fish populations.


During construction.

The works and plantings were completed just prior to Christmas. We congratulate the City of Gold Coast Catchment Management Unit for their vision and hard work at Smales Park – it should be a great outcome once the vegetation is established.

  
After - timber logs and large boulders to stabilise the bank, protect vegetation and provide instream habitat for native fish populations.

If you would like more information about this project or bank stabilisation design, you can contact me on misko.ivezich@alluvium.com.au

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