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Discover how we are protecting the Gold Coast's natural environment - our spectacular beaches, hinterland ranges, bushland and waterways - and how you can help.

Southern Albert River Catchment

The Albert River marks the border with City of Gold Coast, Logan City Council and Scenic Rim Council. The river meanders from the headwaters in Lamington National Park, into the Logan River then discharges into southern Moreton Bay. The Southern Albert River Catchment is comprised of a variety of land uses including grazing, crop farming and rural residential areas.

  • total area: 786 kilometres2
  • stream network length: 1,691 kilometres
  • local Councils: Scenic Rim Council, City of Gold Coast, Logan City Council
  • dominant land uses: native bush, grazing, intensive agriculture, rural residential
  • the headwaters of the Albert River are in Lamington National Park
  • Albert River joins the Logan River 11.2 kilometres upstream from its mouth.

Albert River was named after Prince Albert (1819-61), the consort of Queen Victoria. Like many of the northern catchments in the city, the area was established for farming and loggers searching for valuable timber, but is now mostly dominated by sugar cane plantations, small industry, extractive industries and rural residential properties.

Residential and industry development and land clearing in the catchment have deteriorated the water quality of the Albert River, particularly in its lower reaches. Key environmental issues that face the catchment are:

  • rapid population increase and development
  • altered flow patterns of the river causing active erosion
  • management of the extractive industries
  • invasion of bushland by exotic plants and animals, and
  • deteriorating water quality.

The Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (EHMP) carried out by Healthy Waterways monitors ecosystem health of catchments in South East Queensland.

Find more information on the latest report card findings of the EHMP on the Healthy Waterways website below.

To find out more about how you can become involved in caring for your catchment, why not consider joining one of the catchment management groups? For information, contact the Catchment Management Unit on (07) 5581 7005.

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