Wetlands help to protect people, property, and the environment from the impacts of extreme weather including floods and storm surges. Wetlands also support a huge range of plants and animals, including many threatened species. Our estuarine wetlands are extensive and include areas of Thompson Point, Keppel Sands, Cooee Bay, Farnborough, and Stanage. Head to the Department of Environment and Science Wetlands Info page to learn more.
Livingstone Shire is also home to some of the most significant wetlands in Australia. The Shoalwater Bay and Corio Bay wetlands are considered internationally important under the Ramsar Convention. You can find out more about our Ramsar Wetlands here.
There are two major catchments that have tributaries in Livingstone Shire: the Lower Fitzroy and Water Park catchments. Both of these catchments are important for agriculture and industry, and are crucial to supporting biodiversity in Livingstone Shire.
Livingstone Shire is also home to the Fig Tree Creek catchment, which provides a range of recreational, social and environmental benefits. The lower catchment is an environmental reserve, providing important breeding, feeding and nesting points for many native species. Council is currently undertaking a master planning project for the Fig Tree Creek/Ross Creek catchment to support future development and ongoing maintenance of the catchment. The draft masterplan can be viewed here.