- Landscape and character
- Waterways and wetlands
- Open space
- Flooding and stormwater
- Neighbourhoods and housing
- Social infrastructure
- Sustainable design
- Energy and resources
- Sustainable living
- Adaptation and resilience
Waterways and wetlands
The Sunshine Coast features many natural waterways and wetlands, as well as man-made channels, canals and lakes.
Our region has catchments of five major waterways: the Maroochy and Mooloolah Rivers, the upper Mary and Stanley Rivers and the Pumicestone Passage. They support a wide range of habitats, including:
- estuaries and freshwater pools and riffles, and
- wallum, paperbark and sedge wetlands.
Waterways and wetlands provide homes for our aquatic animals, for example, fish, crustaceans, shellfish, water birds, frogs, turtles and aquatic mammals. Our habitats provide for 8 plants and 23 animals that are rare and threatened aquatic species.
They also support streamside - riparian areas. Riparian areas are important as they filter pollutants. Their vegetation also helps to reduce erosion and give shade for water-based habitats.
Waterways and wetlands are great for swimming, boating and fishing. Residents and visitors can also enjoy walking or cycling on foreshores.
Photo credit: R. Keir
Photo credit: S. Pass
Photo credit: F. D. Dicker
Council sets the direction of plans, regulations and programs. We work with the Queensland Government, natural resource managers and the community to protect and maintain water quality, flora and fauna.
A snapshot of achievements for 2019/20Learn about council's annual environment and liveability achievements.
Planktonic life of the Sunshine CoastCouncil in conjunction with experts from CSIRO and Griffith University have been investigating the small life forms in our waterways - gelatinous plankton.
- Biodiversity Biodiversity is the variety of all life - plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms. View more
- Flooding and stormwater Floods occur from heavy or sustained rain, and stormwater is the runoff. View more
- Adaptation and resilience Adaptation and resilience is our community’s ability to respond and adapt to a changing climate. View more