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5,000 hectares

Sustainable, adaptive floodplan management and blue carbon offsets

Blue Heart Sunshine Coast is an innovative partnership-based project, committed to sustainable and adaptive floodplain management in the Maroochy River catchment. It is a place, a project and a partnership.


The Blue Heart is an area of more than 5,000 hectares on a natural floodplain in the Maroochy River catchment. The project area includes approximately 1,400 hectares of public land. This comprises council’s Coolum Creek Environment Reserve network, the Queensland Government’s Coolum Creek Conservation Park, and Unitywater’s Yandina Creek Wetland.

Surrounding this area are lands for:

To find out what the Blue Heart area means to our Traditional Owners, watch the Kabi Kabi Story.


The Blue Heart provides flood storage for the Maroochy River Catchment. Preserving flood storage within this area is critical to the ongoing flood management of the catchment and in particular the built environment.

This floodplain area is already impacted by tidal inundation. Over time the area is expected to continue transitioning due to climate change and projected sea level rise. This project seeks to manage the land and water through this transition to provide positive outcomes for our environment, community and economy.

Blue Heart project objectives:

The Blue Heart Sunshine Coast is a Transformational Action for council’s Environment and Liveability Strategy – delivering a healthy environment and liveable Sunshine Coast in 2041.

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