Creeks and rivers can provide natural passageways to expand the range and chances of survival of native animals including fish, frogs, lizards and birds. This is extremely important for some of our threatened birds that have been seen in parts of our city including: 

  • Blackchinned Honeyeaters
  • Sacred Kingfishers
  • Red-capped Robins
  • Brown Tree Creepers.

A healthy creek also helps to filter and clean water before it flows into the gulf or a reservoir. Creeks and rivers are also an amazing place to visit and explore.

Our city has recognised that every creek and river is unique and needs careful and ongoing management to ensure it can function.

In 2013 we started Urban Creek Recovery, a 5 year, large scale waterway conservation project. It received funding support from the Australian Government and the Government of South Australia.

The aim of the project was to improve vegetation condition along our watercourses so that the natural ecosystem could work better and habitats for native plants and animals could be re-established and expanded. Works were undertaken from 2013 to 2018, within 46 creeks, across 9 catchments, covering 62.5 km of creek line reserves that are being managed our city.

Waterway conservation work now continues as a program to ensure that the health of our creeks and rivers continues to improve.

To find out more about the type of work involved in Urban Creek Recovery and where our waterways are, check out the Urban Creek Recovery Project map.

Creek Heroes brochure(PDF, 957KB)

Creek Bullies brochure(PDF, 4MB)


Cherry Gardens Cemetery creek is just one of many hidden treasures in our region


The Urban Creek Recovery project introduced us to the good and bad plants in our creeks with a bit of humour


Sturt River at Coromandel Valley is a beautiful place to walk and observe a variety wildlife throughout the year