Toowoomba City sits in two catchments, made up of the:

  • Eastern (flowing into south east Queensland)
  • Western (flowing into the Condamine catchment in the Murray Darling Basin)

The waterways in the eastern catchment include various creeks along the length of the eastern escarpment and in parts of the southern escarpment.

The major waterways of Toowoomba are in the western Condamine catchment:

  • Gowrie Creek
  • East Creek
  • West Creek
  • Black Gully
  • Spring Creek
  • Westbrook Creek 
  • Dry Creek
  • smaller waterways of Gowrie Creek in the northern catchments

Management of Toowoomba’s waterways includes protecting and managing:

  • Habitat
  • Hydrology
  • Creek health

As Toowoomba is the second largest city in the Murray Darling Basin, the management of pollutant sources (point and nonpoint) is significant to this larger catchment. The importance of the environmental function of waterways, particularly for stormwater management and aquatic ecosystem protection, is reflected in all creek corridors being reserved in the Planning Scheme as parkland.

Catchment strategies

Spring and Westbrook creeks

These catchments are currently only partially developed for residential use. Council’s recently completed Urban Stormwater Management Plans (USMPs) will help us manage the impacts of future development. The USMPs consider different levels of development and use hydrological models to predict runoff and subsequent effects on stormwater due to an increase in impervious surfaces, such as concrete and paving. They also identify the most appropriate locations for the provision of future regional stormwater infrastructure to support the urbanisation of these areas.

Please contact us to receive copies of the Spring Creek, Drayton and Westbrook Urban Stormwater Management Plans.

Gowrie creek strategy and cultural heritage

Revitalisation of the Gowrie creek system to a more natural state is one of the aims of the Gowrie creek catchment management strategy. We have to improve management of the impacts of stormwater, flooding, bank stability, pollutants, water quality and creek health.

Significant initiatives worked on include:

  • Wetland/detention facilities built at West Creek
  • Creek corridor land acquisition between Bridge and North Streets
  • Bushland planting along Gowrie Creek downstream of North Street
  • Community monitoring of water quality

A study was commissioned to collate and analyse relevant historical, environmental, archaeological, ethnographic and architectural/engineering data relating to cultural heritage issues in the waterway.

A Cultural Heritage Advisory Group was established and worked with Council. Members of this group included representatives of the Traditional Custodian families with interests in the Toowoomba area, local historical associations, government representatives, and persons with particular interests in heritage issues.

The draft report was provided to the Group for their input and discussion. The report only moved to presentation to Toowoomba City Council once all agreed that its contents met the project brief appropriately, and provided information on all known cultural heritage values in the Gowrie Creek waterways.

Related links

Our region's water

Water Conservation

Link to Gowrie Creek project homepage