Tallebudgera Creek restoration works following Cyclone Debbie rainfall

Tallebudgera Creek restoration works following Cyclone Debbie rainfall

1.06.2017 - Posted by Misko Ivezich
I recently attended a field trip in the Gold Coast and Logan area with the River Basin Management Society. On Tallebudgera Creek we visited bank restoration works which we designed with Gold Coast City Council in 2014. The works consisted of timber logs, large boulders and revegetation to stabilise a several hundred metre long stretch of bank within Smales Park.
The works got their first real test in late March this year when over a metre of rainfall fell within the catchment associated with Cyclone Debbie. The rainfall resulted in significant flooding which caused widespread damage across Tallebudgera Valley. The works have held up really well and the establishing vegetation looks fantastic. There are also good scour holes below the logs which provide resting pools and habitat for the native fish populations including Australasian bass, Empire gudgeon, Crimson-spotted rainbowfish, Australian smelt and Striped gudgeon. The below sequence of photos show the bank before the works, immediately after the works and following the flood in March this year.
The work Gold Coast City Council have undertaken to get the vegetation established so quickly has been fantastic. 

The eroding bank on Tallebudgera Creek in Smales Park in 2014 

The works after construction in early 2015

The works after the flood in March 2017

The vegetation establishment across the site has been significant in just over two years