Albert River (South East Queensland)

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Albert
River
Albert River at Stapylton.jpg
Albert River at Stapylton, 2014
Name origin: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Country Australia
State Queensland
Region South East Queensland
Local government areas Scenic Rim Region, City of Gold Coast
Part of Logan River
Source McPherson Range, Great Dividing Range
Source confluence Right and Left Branches of the Albert River
 - location below Neglected Mountain
 - elevation 184 m (604 ft)
 - coordinates 28°12′44″S 153°2′36″E / 28.21222°S 153.04333°E / -28.21222; 153.04333
Mouth confluence with the Logan River
 - location Alberton
 - elevation 3 m (10 ft)
 - coordinates 27°41′42″S 153°14′30″E / 27.69500°S 153.24167°E / -27.69500; 153.24167Coordinates: 27°41′42″S 153°14′30″E / 27.69500°S 153.24167°E / -27.69500; 153.24167
Length 102 km (63 mi)
Basin 782 km2 (302 sq mi)
Location of Albert River river mouth in Queensland
Wikimedia Commons: Albert River (Queensland)
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The Albert River is a perennial river located in the South East region of Queensland, Australia. Its catchment lies within the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim Region local government areas and covers an area of 782 square kilometres (302 sq mi). The river provides potable water for the town of Beaudesert.

Course and features[edit]

Formed by the confluence of the Right and Left Branches of the river which begin in the Lamington National Park and drain the northern slopes of the Border Ranges within the Great Dividing Range, the Albert River rises below Neglected Mountain and east of the settlement of Hillview. The river flows generally north, joined by six minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Logan River between Alberton and Eagleby. From there the Logan flows a further 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) before entering Moreton Bay.[3] The Albert River catchment 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.[4] The river's upper catchment is heavily influenced by the national parks of Tamborine, Main Range and the Lamington Plateau, and numerous local government-owned reserves and conservation areas,[5] that comprise part of the Shield Volcano Group of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.

Tributaries of the Albert River include the Stockyard Creek, Duck Creek, Kerry Creek, Cainbable Creek, Canungra Creek and Bidaddaba Creek.[1]

The Albert River is crossed by the Pacific Motorway, the Old Pacific Highway, and the Gold Coast railway line at Yatala.[1]

History[edit]

The river was named by Robert Dixon[6] in honour of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.[7] Floods have been recorded on the Albert River in 1925, 1947, 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1989.[8] In 1884, the S.S. Walrus ran aground on the bank of the river.[9] 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.[10]

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.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Map of Albert River, QLD". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Logan River Catchment: Fact Sheet" (PDF). City of Logan. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rivers - Assessment of River Condition - Queensland:Logan-Albert Rivers". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Australian Government. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Water resources - Overview - Queensland - Surface Water Management Area: Albert River". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Australian Government. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Logan and Albert Rivers Catchments" (PDF). Fact sheets. SEQ Catchments. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Buchanan, Robyn. "Logan: Rich in History, Young in Spirit". p. 15. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Southern Albert River Catchment". Gold Coast City Council. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Carey, Jess (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. 
  9. ^ "Beenleigh". Logan City Council. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Giles, Darrell. "Albert River dam site revealed". The Sunday Mail (Brisbane). Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 19 July 2010.