Breakfast/Enoggera Creek Catchment
The Breakfast/Enoggera Creek catchment covers 89.2 square kilometres and includes the waterways of Enoggera, Ithaca, and Fish Creeks in Brisbane’s north and west. Enoggera Creek meets the Brisbane River at Newstead as Breakfast Creek.
The catchment includes all or part of the suburbs of the Gap, Ashgrove, Bardon, Red Hill, Enoggera, Paddington, Newmarket, Wilston, Windsor, Kelvin Grove, Herston, Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley, Albion, Lutwyche, Clayfield, Bowen Hills and Newstead.
Significant natural assets in Breakfast/ Enoggera Creek catchment include:
(formerly Brisbane Forest Park)
Mt Coot-tha Reserve
Walton Bridge Reserve – a popular recreation spot with a history. Located around the junction of Fish and Enoggera Creeks, it has been a meeting place for the local aboriginal people and a rest area for bullock teams travelling west.
Banks Street Reserve – Formerly a market garden, the reserve consists of 37 hectares of bushland and open space with a number of walking trails.
Woolcock Park – a great family park on the banks of Ithaca Creek.
Bowman Park – a great place to get close to Ithaca Creek and look for frogs, with at least eight species known in the area.
Northey Street Markets.
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D’Aguilar National Park, Mt Coot-tha Reserve and Enoggera Barracks protect the catchment’s upper reaches and covers over 30% of the catchment.
450 species of native insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals have been recorded within the catchment. One notable species is the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), though seldom seen, have been reported in Enoggera Creek from The Gap to Newmarket. The iconic animal has also been adopted as a mascot by the community catchment group, Save Our Waterways Now.
Many species of native fish can still be found in the waterways of the Enoggera Creek Catchment. Fish Creek was named for the large number of fish species found there and still supports good numbers of native fish, including crimson-spotted rainbow fish (Melanotaenia duboulayi). Ithaca Creek is home to a small population of the rare ornate rainbow fish (Rhadinocentrus ornatus). The Queensland lungfish (Neoceratodus forsrteri) was introduced into Enoggera Reservoir in the early 1900s and a breeding population is now present.
The Breakfast/Enoggera Creek catchment is home to over 1500 plant species, more than the whole of England. Vegetation communities range from patches of subtropical rainforest in the upper catchment to mangroves in the tidal reaches of Breakfast and lower Enoggera Creek. The basic vegetation type is disturbed dry rainforest merging with dry sclerophyll forest on the higher slopes and rain shadows. Along the creek lines, the dry rainforest merges with patches of riparian and subtropical rainforest. These corridors extend the ecosystems of natural areas into our suburbs.
Go to www.sown.com.au for advice on growing native plants and a list of local species.
Restoring Breakfast / Enoggera Creek
Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) is a community-based catchment organisation that aims to rehabilitate, restore and maintain the Enoggera catchment waterways and linked habitat areas by supporting and encouraging community participation.
SOWN’s flagship project is Ithaca Intact, a project involving local residents, businesses, Council and the Queensland Government to strategically restore the entire seven kilometre length of Ithaca Creek. This is the first project in Queensland to attempt to restore the full length of an urban waterway.
The SOWN nursery at the gap is open 9-11am Saturdays and 9am-12.30pm on Wednesdays. Plants from the nursery are free for financial members of SOWN. To join, click the membership link on the website.
Council’s community conservation partnerships program helps community groups restore natural habitats in parks, remnant bushland and wetlands along waterways. There are currently a number of active bushcare groups tending rehabilitation sites in the Breakfast/Enoggera Creek catchment.
The program also supports the community to protect and restore Brisbane’s waterways and bays in partnership with groups, businesses, schools and individual property owners.
For more information on Council’s community conservation partnerships program and environment centres phone Council on (07) 3403 8888.
Brisbane City Council: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au
Save Our Waterways Now Inc:
Brisbane Catchment Network: www.brisbanecatchments.net.au
Healthy Waterways: www.healthywaterways.org
SEQ Catchments: www.seqcatchments.com.au