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PopulationThe 2006 census counted 1,230 residents within the Stuart Creek Sub Basin area. Limitedresidential use occurs at Stuart and Roseneath.The median age of the Stuart Creek Sub Basin population is reported at 34 years (2006 census).Average household size, at 2.7 people per household, is slightly below the average occupancyfor the Townsville local government area (2.8 people).Land useThe Stuart Creek Sub Basin is approximately 104 square kilometres in size (~10,400 hectares).Grazing (49%) is the main land use in the Stuart Creek Sub Basin followed by minimal use,including Defence land (16%), and nature conservation (13%).19°14'SWhile being a significant economic driver for Townsville, and concentrated in the Stuart CreekSub Basin, the manufacturing and industrial sector accounts for less than 7% of the land use inthe Stuart Creek Sub Basin.Stuart Creek Sub Basin2005 Land Use19°16'SLegend:2005 Land UseLower RossRiverCleveland Baystuart creek Sub Basin8UtilitiesTransport & communicationElectricity generation/transmissionWaste treatment & disposalManufacturing & industrialServicesMiningResidentialProduction forestryPlantation forestryNature conservationGrazing natural vegetationPerennial horticultureIrrigated perennial horticultureIrrigated seasonal horticultureIntensive animal productionIrrigated croppingCroppingChannel/aqueductMarsh/wetlandLake/dam/reservoirRiverOther minimal useStuart CreekD ick Creekstuart8-1Stuart CreekSandfly CreekStuartCreek8-2BRUCE HIGHWAYAlligatorCreek19°18'S19°20'S19°22'SLocalitiesMajor roadsMajor rail linesSub basin boundaryUpper RossRiver19°24'S8-1Catchment boundary & number0 1 2 46 km146°46'E146°48'E146°50'E146°52'E146°54'E146°56'E19°26'S


Water Resource ConditionLegend:Drainage - Ecological ImpactNo dataInsufficient dataHealthy/Slightly impactedSlightly/Moderately impactedModerately/Heavily impactedCatchments - Ecological ImpactNo dataInsufficient dataHealthy/Slightly impactedSlightly/Moderately impactedModerately/Heavily impactedStuart CreekSub BasinEcological ImpactStuart C reekstuartThe Black Ross WQIP area water quality conditionassessment (Connell Wagner 2008) indicated thatthe water quality of this sub basin was heavilyimpacted, with high levelsof nutrients and suspendedSan dfly Creek8-2BRUCE HIGHWAYsolids.However this data is unlikely tobe representative of the entiresub basin as the main datasource for this area is the waterquality monitoring associatedwith the Cleveland Bay sewage treatmentplant, at the lower end of the catchment.8-1LocalitiesMajor roadsMajor rail linesSub basin boundaryCatchment boundary & numberDick Creek8-1Stuart CreekStuartCreekNote: Water quality data was assessed againstwater quality objectives (WQOs) derivedfrom the Queensland Water QualityGuidelines (EPA 2006) for theCentral Coast Region forlowland streams0 2 41 6 kmWater Quality and Water Quality Objectives (WQOs)In general, the water quality condition data for the sub basin does not meet the WQOs for mostof the water quality indicators. It should be noted that the water quality data for Sandfly Creekis not up to date and may not be a true reflection of current water quality condition of thecatchment.The water quality data from Stuart Creek indicates above average concentrations of all waterquality indicators, with the exception of dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN), and shows the needfor more rigorous analysis of the water quality data for this catchment.Comparing WQOs with Water Qualitystuart creek Sub Basin8Stuart Creek Sub Basin DIN Org N TN FRP TP TSSStuart Creek 8-1 4*50% 8 19% 8 42% 8 295% 8 160% 8 420%¹Sandfly Creek 8-2 8 875% 8 233% 8 308% ND 8 820% 8 150%Notes: Tick/cross denotes if the WQO is met ( 4 ) or not ( 8 ) for the waterway based on the median value for thewater quality indicator. The percentage indicates the amount by which the WQO is met or not met (the differencebetween the WQO and water quality condition median as a percentage of the WQO). No % is listed if the waterquality condition is the same as the WQO. ND is no data.DIN is dissolved inorganic nitrogen, Org N is organic nitrogen, TN is total nitrogen, FRP is filterable reactivephosphorus, TP is total phosphorus and TSS is total suspended solids (sediment).* indicates inconsistency or a wide variation in the data, or insufficient data to calculate percentiles.Disclaimer: Townsville City Counciladvises that the information in thisdocument is derived from a numberof different sources. The informationmay not be accurate or up to date andshould not be solely relied upon fordecision-making purposes.¹ indicates data is dated and may not reflect current condition.[ More information about water quality conditions and WQOs can be found in; Environmental Values, Water QualityObjectives and Targets for the Black Ross Water Quality Improvement Plan (Gunn, Manning, and McHarg 2009), andWater Quality Condition of the Black and Ross River Basins (Connell Wagner 2008) ]

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