About Brisbane Catchments Network (BCN)
Brisbane Catchments Network Inc. (BCN) is an independent not-for-profit organisation that represents the 12 member catchment groups across Brisbane. These groups cover all the major streams flowing into the river in the greater Brisbane area.
What we do
By bringing all of these member groups together under one umbrella organisation we are able to provide a unified voice, strategic direction and collaborative opportunities to maintaining or restoring our creeks and the Brisbane River.
Collaboration is central to everything that we do and we regularly collaborate with government, industry and other not-for-profit organisations.
Through these partnerships we aim to achieve the best outcomes for our natural environment and work towards targets within the SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan. We deliver on-ground restoration activities throughout the Brisbane River, both through the Brisbane Catchments Network and our 12 member groups, as well as developing community led strategies and providing strategic advice to all levels of government. We believe strongly in the sharing of ideas to increase capacity of our members groups and our monthly meetings are dedicated to this as well as promoting active discussion amongst our members.
Community is what we are all about, with many member groups largely volunteer based, and we try to engage, educate and excite the community about our natural environment and our beautiful creeks in the Brisbane region.
In 2012 Brisbane Catchments Network developed its Brisbane Community Biodiversity Strategy (PDF 4.5mb) which aims to provide direction and scope to achieve the Networks long term goals.
The vision of the strategy is: “A healthy and biodiverse Brisbane”.
Our work is guided by a Community Biodiversity Strategy. The strategy aims to empower the wider Brisbane community to maintain biodiversity in the modified environment of a contemporary and growing city through focussing on positive actions. These actions are aimed at empowering the community in three ways:
Valuing: Raising levels of awareness, understanding and commitment to valuing and conserving biodiversity at the community level
Doing: Strengthening biodiversity conservation through increasing involvement from all levels of the community in activities undertaken on ground with a local focus
Supporting: Appealing to a wider audience in a way which empowers people and supports the community t help itself.
The Brisbane Community Biodiversity Strategy was developed in partnership with the wider Brisbane community. It is an iterative approach, and all community groups and individuals are welcome to become involved in existing actions, to create new ones, or just help spread the word.
BCN Management Committee
- President: Margaret Milgate – Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee
- Vice President: Lynn Whitfield – Oxley Creek Catchment Association
- Treasurer: Ray Ison – Oxley Creek Catchment Association / Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee
- Secretary: Keith Brown – Bayside Creeks Catchment Group
- General Management Committee: Leo Lee – Save our Waterways Now