Due to the size and diversity of the catchment, the 57.6km2area is divided into 13 Sections. (see Figure requires link to catchment map). It was planned that each Section would be led by a Section Leader- a volunteer responsible for coordinating and managing restoration activities within that part of the catchment. Section Leaders are also invited to be members of the MCCG’s Management Committee.
Seven of these Sections contain public land which is being improved through Bushcare activities supported by the Brisbane City Council (BCC) Habitat Brisbane Program. This support includes insurance cover. As each Section is classified as a Landcare Group volunteers are also covered by insurance when involved with landcare activities on private land.
Each Section has a Section Leader except for Sections 1 (the significant lower reaches of Moggill Creek and Rafting Ground Park); 6 and 10. Every Section of the Catchment, excluding Section 7 (Mt Coot-tha Forest Park) and 13 (D’Aguilar National Park) contains extensive areas owned by private land owners.
On public lands, decisions on the details of restoration programs, their methodology and resources required (plants, mulch, large scale clearing etc.) are usually made directly and independently between BCC’s Habitat Brisbane Program and individual Section Leaders. The support that BCC has supplied through the Habitat Brisbane Program to seven of the Sections has been significant; without it MCCG would be much less effective with regard to its work on public land.
In addition to the combination of working on BCC owned land and privately owned land, MCCG’s management is made more diverse through the catchment extending into the D’Aguilar National Park and Mount Coot-tha Forest. The former is managed by the Department of Environment Resources Management (DERM) and the latter by BCC. Although representatives from DERM and Council were initially active in MCCG’s management, this has been discontinued. This is disappointing as MCCG considers communication regarding environmental issues and activities between the upper and lower reaches of the catchment very important.