The Blue Heart is an area of more than 5,000 hectares on a natural floodplain in the Maroochy River catchment. At its core is public land including council's Coolum Creek Environment Reserve network, the Queensland Government's Coolum Creek Conservation Park, and Unitywater's Yandina Creek Wetland.
Surrounding this are lands for:
- Rural and agricultural purposes
- Generation of renewable energy
- Open space purposes.
The Blue Heart provides flood storage, which is critical to the ongoing management of the catchment and the built environment.
This floodplain area is already impacted by tidal inundation. Over time the area is expected to continue transitioning due to climate change and projected sea level rise.
This Blue Heart project seeks to manage the land and water through this transition to provide positive outcomes for our environment, community and economy.
Blue Heart project objectives:
- protect the most critical areas of the floodplain under public ownership
- establish a regionally-significant complex of wetland and floodplain ecosystems
- enhance water quality in the Maroochy River through nutrient management and sediment reduction works
- provide community and recreation opportunities through regional parkland, open space and trails
- establish new uses for existing rural and agricultural lands, including economic opportunities for landowners.
Blue Heart Sunshine Coast is an innovative partnership between Sunshine Coast Council, the Queensland Government's Department of Environment and Science and Unitywater.
The partners will proactively work together to achieve the Blue Heart project objectives.