Urban development places pressure on waterway assets such as the Great Barrier Reef, significant
rivers and local streams. Stormwater carries pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment,
litter, heavy metal and hydrocarbons. These impact upon local waterways, rivers and the Great
Barrier Reef. Changes in hydrology associated with new urban development cause stream erosion
and change flow regimes. These deliver greater loads of polluting sediment downstream and change
In recent years advances in urban development approaches and stormwater treatment technologies
have made it possible to minimise the impact that new urban development has on waterways.
Whitsunday Regional Council requires that new development appropriately manages its stormwater in
order to protect the regions many and varied natural assets.
Whitsunday Regional Council has developed the Stormwater Quality Guideline [PDF 8.13MB] to clearly articulate our requirements for new development and redevelopment with respect to how it manages the environmental impacts of its stormwater.
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