The Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy is undertaking the production of the streambank, in-channel (instream) and riparian rehabilitation guidelines for Queensland (the Guidelines). The Guidelines, to be delivered in mid-2018, will provide users with a framework to understand the latest best practice rehabilitation principles; to evaluate intervention or monitoring approaches; and guide users to the appropriate sources of information to assess rehabilitation options based on their location within Queensland. The principles of streambank, riparian and in-channel rehabilitation and restoration, including stream classification, restoration objectives, management techniques, best management practice and demonstrable outcomes, and operational case studies are the foundation of the Guidelines. Regionally appropriate rehabilitation approaches will be identified to inform improved management practices relevant to the local context.
An extensive engagement program with a broad stakeholder group is key to the ultimate successful adoption of the guidelines. More specifically, a detailed engagement program with Natural Resource Management organisations, River Improvement Trusts and local government across Queensland is integral to this project. Stakeholder collaboration and consultation is to be used to evaluate and incorporate the hands-on practical knowledge, proven techniques, local context and experience that natural resource managers across Queensland can provide.