Weeds have been removed, trees have been planted and significant progress has been made on a number of environmental offset projects carried out within Hinze Dam’s catchment.

In the past five years, Seqwater has been working with contractors Ecosure and Technigro to replace vegetation that had been inundated as a result of the $395 million Hinze Dam Stage Three upgrade.

Seqwater Ranger Nick Gerhardt said the bulk water authority carried out work to counterbalance environmental impacts resulting from the development.

“As a result of the Stage 3 upgrade at Hinze Dam, some native bushland was flooded,” Mr Gerhardt said.

“In those instances when native vegetation is inundated, Seqwater must complete environmental projects in the area to offset the vegetation that was destroyed.

“Seqwater has been managing numerous offsets in the Hinze Dam catchment.

“Countless hours have been spent replanting trees and shrubs, reducing weed growth and transforming degraded farm sites and riparian zones into functioning ecosystems.”

Before and after photos of the offset sites show just what transformation has taken place.

A 20-month timeline shows the significant progress being made at one of our offset sites. Photo credit: Ecosure.

Seqwater Recreation and Catchment Operations Supervisor Matthew Wellington said much of the land had been restored to native bushland, creating ideal habitats for native flora and fauna.

“We’ve especially paid close attention to managing threatened species,” Mr Wellington said.

“The conservation work is important at a local level as it provides a vital corridor between the Springbrook and Lamington national parks, connecting animals from one park to the next.”

Mr Wellington said Seqwater would continue to manage and maintain the offset sites so they did not deteriorate to their previous state.

“The projects require persistent maintenance with weed invasions posing the greatest threat to each site,” Mr Wellington said.

“We also have coordinated pest animal management programs in conjunction with other landowners in the Numinbah Valley and Springbrook Plateau.”

Seqwater Ranger Nick Gerhardt at one of the native vegetation offset sites at Hinze Dam.