Welcome to Blue Heart Neighbourhood!
We are a mix of government organisations and individuals who own property or live in the Blue Heart. As neighbours we are learning together and sharing information about how we use and manage our places.
About the Blue Heart
The Blue Heart is an area of more than 5,000 hectares of public and private owned land located on the Maroochy River floodplain. The Kabi Kabi peoples have maintained a connection to land and water in the Blue Heart for millennia.
The area was once a hub for sugar growing and networks of drains were built to keep tidal waters out. The Nambour mill closed in 2003 and sugar cane farming decreased. These days, tidal water is encroaching some parts of the Blue Heart. This is providing an indication of the impacts of sea level rise in the future. Sunshine Coast Council, Unitywater and the Department of Environment and Science have formed a partnership to respond to challenges and explore new opportunities.
Explore the Blue Heart project area in the explore tab.
Blue Heart aims to protect and manage critical areas of the Maroochy River floodplain. It will achieve this by restoring important floodplain ecosystems as well as investigating new land uses.
Upcoming Engagement Activities
Landholders and residents in the Blue Heart are invited to attend;
Webinar about tidal inundation from sea level rise: Areas of the Blue Heart are affected by tidal inundation, which is different to flooding. These tidal areas are expanding. Sunshine Coast Council are presenting a webinar on the 17 May 2023 from 5:30 pm to 6 pm to discuss inundation and to learn about where it is happening and why. We'll also look at how council is responding and what you might explore to manage inundation on your property in the Blue Heart. Questions will be gathered, and responses given after the webinar.
Webinar about Blue Carbon Farming: Blue Heart Sunshine Coast was a successful applicant for the Blue Carbon Ecosystem Restoration Australian Government grant and received $2.036M from the Commonwealth government. Restoration projects will be registered under the Australian Government’s Blue Carbon Ecosystem Method and the carbon credits will be sold. These projects will be occurring on publicly owned land and learnings will be shared with landholders in the Blue Heart. Sunshine Coast Council is presenting a webinar on the 23 May 2023 from 5:30pm to 6pm to explain what blue carbon is, what is planned on publicly owned land and the steps in the process for farming blue carbon to sell the credits. Questions will be gathered and responses given after the webinar.
Can’t participate in the webinars? No worries! We will place a recording of the presentation on this website along with the questions asked and the responses provided. Be sure to check back in here after 26 May 2023.
Share your Blue Heart story
Alternatively you can share your Blue Heart story about these topics here via a post:
- Land use – have you investigated alternative land use such as carbon farming, offsets or alternative agriculture?
- Land management – how do you manage pest species, fire risk, tidal inundation, flooding and other land management topics of interest?
- Land transition – changes you have noticed over time?
- People living, working and playing in the Blue Heart – what are your favourite places in the Blue Heart and why? Do you have some historical stories or images to share?