Currumbin comes clean on the creek
THE CURRUMBIN Creek's clean bill of health is no coincidence.
Rated the healthiest of all of the Gold Coast's estuaries, along with Tallebudgera Creek, by the 2004 south-east Queensland Waterways Ecosystem Health Report Card, hard work from the Surfrider Foundation and the Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council has paid off.
The creek received an A-minus grading for the first time, after its B-plus rating last year.
Surfrider Foundation Australia general manager Stuart Ball said the foundation started approaching industrial businesses back in 2000 to encourage them to help reverse the damage caused by effluent in the saltwater waterway.
"(The creek) was atrocious ? areas of it were not even flowing," Mr Ball said.
"Trade waste was going in there so we spoke to businesses in the area and we got them to consider what was happening.
"When we got the community acceptance, rubbish at the base of the creek was cleared up so then we could free up weeds clinging to the creek.
"Immediately when the businesses helped it was better."
Foundation Tweed Gold Coast Branch president Phil Arnott said it was important to maintain the good water quality and natural habitat.
"The creek can be used as an example of what the rest of the waterways should be like," Mr Arnott said.
Nerang and Mudgeeraba Creek received an A-plus in the freshwater waterways category of the report, also the highest ratings on the Gold Coast.
Mr Arnott said that the branch would continually monitor the waterways.