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Terrain has coordinated the Russell Landcare and Catchment Group’s (RLCG) application to extract 35,000 cubic metres of sand from Babinda Creek for environmental purposes, a first for the region.

Terrain NRM and the RLCG are working together to ensure this project sets a new benchmark for stream management in the Wet Tropics.

The local farming community in Babinda will implement and monitor this project to maximise the environmental benefits for the creek, in particular reducing severe erosion on outside bends. Sand extraction, along with the restoration of riparian vegetation, aims to maintain and improve the creek’s natural hydraulic capacity by slowing flow and minimising further loss of valuable topsoil from adjacent farming land.