Albert River (Queensland)

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Albert River
Albert River at Stapylton.jpg
Albert River at Quinns Hill Road West, Stapylton, 2014
Origin McPherson Range
Mouth confluence with the Logan River
Basin countries Australia
Basin area 782 km²
View west over Wonglepong and the Albert River, 2010
The Albert River valley and farmlands, south east of Beaudesert. Cainbable Creek flows into the Albert River from the east.

The Albert River is a river in South East Queensland, Australia. Its catchment lies within the Gold Coast and Beaudesert shires and covers an area of 782 square kilometres. The river provides drinking water for the town of Beaudesert.

The river has two main tributaries which begin in the Lamington National Park. Downstream the river joins the Logan River 12 km from its mouth at Eagleby before entering Moreton Bay. The Albert River is a sub-catchment of Logan River.[1] The other major tributary of Logan River is Teviot Brook. The river is bounded by the McPherson Range to the south, the Beechmont Range in the east and the Jinbroken Range and Birnam Range to the west.[2]

Tributaries[edit]

Tributaries of the Albert River include the Albert River Left Branch, Albert River Right Branch, Canungra Creek, Cainbable Creek and Bidaddaba Creek.

History[edit]

The river was named by Robert Dixon.[3] It was named after Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.[4] Floods have been recorded on the Albert River in 1925, 1947, 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1989.[5] In 1884, the S.S. Walrus an aground on the bank of the river.[6] The vessel had been used as a floating sugar mill and distillery.

Proposed dam[edit]

In 1989, the Goss Government rejected a proposal to build Wolffdene Dam on the Albert River. Later, a dam near Glendower Homestead was once planned in a Queensland Government water strategy report from 1990. The option was discarded after it was revealed the site was too costly to build a dam for the amount of water it would have provided.[7]

Environmental concerns[edit]

The water quality of the Albert river remains in relatively good condition until it merges with the Logan River where the quality declines.

Residential and industry development and land clearing in the catchment have deteriorated the water quality of the Albert River, particularly in its lower reaches. Key environmental issues that face the catchment are:

  • Rapid population increase and development;
  • Altered flow patterns of the creek causing active erosion;
  • Deteriorating water quality;
  • Increased noise and vehicle movements;
  • Waste disposal;
  • Invasion of bushland by exotic plants and animals;
  • Management of the extractive industries; and
  • Day-to-day behaviour of residents and workers of the catchment.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rivers - Assessment of River Condition - Queensland:Logan-Albert Rivers". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Water resources - Overview - Queensland - Surface Water Management Area: Albert River". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Robyn Buchanan. "Logan: Rich in History, Young in Spirit". p. 15. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Southern Albert River Catchment". Gold Coast City Council. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Jess Carey (2009). "Known Floods in the Brisbane & Bremer River Basin, including the Cities of Brisbane and Ipswich". Bureau of Meteorology (Australia). Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Beenleigh". Logan City Council. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Darrell Giles. "Albert River dam site revealed". The Sunday Mail (Brisbane) (Queensland Newspapers). Retrieved 19 July 2010. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Albert River at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 27°52′21.30″S 153°6′25.14″E / 27.8725833°S 153.1069833°E / -27.8725833; 153.1069833