Logan City Council’s vision for the Albert River is set to become even clearer with plans to demolish Luscombe Weir.
The project will remove a river barrier constructed in the 1950s to provide water for
Beenleigh. It no longer serves that purpose.
The removal of the weir is a joint project with City of the Gold Coast as that section of the Albert River is the city border.
Removal of the barrier will also improve waterway health, enhance fish passage and eliminate future maintenance costs.
Infrastructure Chair Councillor Teresa Lane said the move is a win for the community
and the environment.
“Activities such as kayaking and fishing are already popular at the weir and this will make it even easier to enjoy the Albert River and all it has to offer,” Cr Lane said.
“Removing the barrier will be great for the native fish population which in turn opens
up eco-tourism opportunities.”
Division 4 Councillor Laurie Koranski said returning the river to its natural state is the right thing to do.
“Both Councils deserve to be commended for devising a solution that benefits the
community and the environment,” Cr Koranski said.
The cost of removal and restoration will be shared between the Councils.
A tender process will begin shortly.
The Albert River is a place of spiritual significance for the Yuggera and Yugambeh language groups.
The traditional name of the river is Billinooba, meaning “place of parrots”.
In 2017 researchers confirmed the presence of platypus in the river.
Platypus are listed as ‘near threatened’ on the International Union for Conservation of
Nature Red List.
Logan City Council has a number of projects underway through its Logan and Albert River Vision program and Waterways Recovery Plan that aim to rehabilitate the two waterways and their tributaries.