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Tallebudgera Creek Catchment

The Tallebudgera Creek catchment occupies an area of 9770 hectares and extends from the Springbrook plateau in the west, to the Pacific Ocean in the east. Approximately 27 kilometres in length, Tallebudgera Creek flows from southeast to northwest and discharges to the ocean immediately south of Burleigh Headland.

The lower tidal sections of Tallebudgera Creek are vegetated with mangroves, saltmarsh and coastal forest (e.g. coast she-oak, melaleuca) communities. These vegetation communities often occur as narrow, discontinuous patches and are severely threatened by weed invasion and adjacent land use activities (e.g. parks, urban development). The section of creek immediately downstream of the Pacific Motorway (M1) bridge is managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) as a Conservation Park (Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Park).

Riparian vegetation along the lower and middle freshwater reaches of Tallebudgera Creek have been extensively cleared for past land use practices. Narrow patches of forest red gum and river she-oak forest and rainforest remain in some areas. However, these areas generally exhibit poor condition and contain high densities of weed species such as camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora). Scattered patches of rainforest, wet sclerophyll and river she-oak are also present in the upstream reaches of the creek.

Tallebudgera Creek catchment contains areas of high ecological significance including the Burleigh Heads-Springbrook ecological corridor which is a bioregional corridor of state significance. The catchment is exhibiting good health with freshwater reaches receiving an A- grade and the estuary receiving a B grade report card rating from the Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (EHMP) carried out by Healthy Waterways for 2013.

To find out more about how you can become involved in caring for your catchment why not consider volunteering in your catchment?

For further information and advice contact the City on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or 07 5582 8211.

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