River improvement trusts

River improvement trusts are established to protect and improve rivers. They are responsible for improving the flow of water in rivers to correct erosion and reduce the impact of flood waters.

Each trust plans, designs, finances, undertakes and maintains stream improvement works for the benefit of the community within its river improvement area.

The trusts are statutory bodies constituted under the River Improvement Trust Act 1940, which gives them the power to raise funds, enter land, occupy land, enter into contracts and carry out works.

At present there are 11 river improvement trusts in Queensland: 3 in the Darling Downs region, 2 in the Ipswich area in South East Queensland and 6 in the Tropical North Queensland coast area between the Whitsundays and Mossman. See a list of river improvement trusts and their contact details.

Annual reports and strategic plans

You can find out more about the activities and plans of river improvements trusts in their annual report and strategic plan.

Establishing a new river improvement trust

Local governments who wish to establish a new river improvement trust and associated area can apply to the Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water.

Public interest disclosures

River improvement trusts can use the procedure for managing public interest disclosures template (DOC, 425.0KB) to comply with provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010.

More information

For more information or for a copy of an area map for a particular river improvement trust, contact the department at