The Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee is a not for profit organisation established in 1996 with key members from that time still active now. Staffed by volunteers, the group's aim is to protect and maintain the ecosystem of Brisbane's Norman Creek Catchment.
We're a community-based not-for-profit group, totally independent of government or industry. Our general meetings are on the 1st Monday of every second month (Feb to Dec) at 7.30 pm at our centre at 66 Baron Street, Greenslopes (or on Zoom); you are most welcome to attend! Check our Facebook page for any alterations to meeting dates.
The goal of N4C is to improve and maintain local waterways by protecting and rejuvenating the local ecosystem. We do this through the following activities:
- Coordinate the activities and involvement of governments, residents and groups in our catchment
- Involve, educate and empower the local community in our catchment
- Protect and enhance the ecological values in our catchment
Brisbane's Norman Creek catchment is an area of land fringed by natural features, including hills, from which captured water flows down through a network of streams and creeks on its journey into the Brisbane River before entering Moreton Bay. In the catchment there are 24km of waterways, including 15km of freshwater creeks. Norman Creek itself (ie the main channel) is 6km tidal and 5km freshwater. There are 12 tributaries; as you go upstream from the mouth of Norman Creek, you will pass:
- Ben's Hole Creek (tidal)
- Scotts Creek (tidal)
- Bridgewater Creek (tidal and fresh)
- Coorparoo Creek (tidal
- Kingfisher Creek (tidal)
- Little Swamp Creek (fresh
- Sandy Creek (fresh)
- Mott Creek (fresh
- Ekibin Creek (fresh)
- Wellers Hill Creek (fresh)
- Perrone Creek (fresh)
- Glindemann Creek (fresh)
The catchment covers almost 30 square kilometres and is home to almost 100,000 people. Norman Creek catchment is the most heavily urbanised catchment in Queensland - most of the surface area is covered with roads, concrete and housing. This means that only 2% open space is left for Norman Creek and its tributaries, as opposed to the 30% which is recommended for terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
History of N4C
In 1996 Brisbane City Council commissioned a public consultation process to assess which type of management plan best suited the people, plants and animals living within the Norman Creek Catchment. One of the recommendations of this plan was that an independent, locally based community committee be established to work in partnership with the council. The first action arising from the plan was a public meeting held in October 1996. At this meeting the Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee Inc (N4C) was formed.
What we do
- Creek restoration including weed identification and replacement with local native trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcover
- Protection of existing vegetation
- Representation to Council and other statutory planning authorities to improve environmental outcomes from proposed infrastructure projects
- Ecological studies and GIS Mapping
- Bird watching and recording
- Habitat design and building - from acres of riparian landscape to a small home for a ring tail possum
- We partner and work with other groups in our catchment and beyond to improve capacity including Healthy Land and Water, Brisbane Catchments Network, Brisbane City Council, local businesses, schools, kindies, universities and the community.
Creek Restoration - Norman Creek at Greenslopes DCP: a series of riffles, pools and riparian vegetation that successfully cleans the water and provides habitat for native animals.
Ecological monitoring: Ongoing observation sessions to study freshwater ecology and the presence and absence of flora and fauna on project sites.
G.I.S Mapping: Various members have been involved in mapping the layers that make up the catchment, such as for our map of the sub-catchments.
- To continue to be involved in consultations with Council and State Governments in projects that impact on the environmental values in the Catchment
- To encourage our growing membership to rehabilitate the creeks and streams
- To complete strategic plans for our project sites
- To communicate with our members and have guest speakers at our monthly meetings
- To focus on our local environment and voice our concerns about wider environmental protection issues that arise
- To enjoy our work together, supporting each other in our community
- To forge new relationships that support the aims of the group
N4C holds its General Meetings on the first Monday of every even numbered months. Upcoming meetings are:
- 7:30pm Monday 5 June 23
- 7:30pm Monday 7 August 23
- 7:30pm Monday 9 October 23
- 7:30pm Monday 4 December 23
- 7:30pm Monday 5 February 24
- 7:30pm Monday 15 April 24 Annual General Meeting
The Constitution sets out the governance arrangements for N4C. The Constitution was revised and amendments approved at the Annual General Meeting in September 2017.
Click here to view a copy of our constitution.
N4C's operations are proudly supported by Brisbane City Council.
Thanks to "2 inches of water" for website design.
Thanks to Sharon Fraser for the design of our logo, which represents the relationship between nature and culture within our urban environment in Brisbane's Norman Creek Catchment.