Moreton Bay Catchments


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.


About the catchment

The Moreton Bay catchment of South East Queensland stretches from the Queensland–New South Wales border, north to Noosa and west to the Great Dividing Range.

The region occupies approx 22 700 km2 and includes 14 major river catchments in six drainage basins: South Coast; Logan-Albert Rivers; Brisbane River (the largest basin which includes Bremer, Lockyer and Stanley sub-catchments); Pine River; Maroochy River; and Noosa River.

The City of Brisbane, near the heart of the catchment, is the largest urban area. There are other large urban areas on the coast, such as the Gold Coast and Maroochydore, while Toowoomba on the western boundary of the catchment is the largest inland town.

Values to be protected

Aquatic ecosystems; wildlife habitats; primary, secondary and visual recreation; industrial use; oystering; seagrass; aquaculture; drinking water supply; cultural heritage; irrigation; stock watering.

Ramsar site

  • Moreton Bay
    • Breeding grounds for dugongs, turtles, migratory wading birds

Water quality issues

  • Point source pollution
  • non-urban diffuse source pollution
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design
  • Protection and Conservation
  • Coastal Algal Blooms

Key water quality improvement projects

Key stakeholders/agencies