The creek forms the headwaters of Leura Cascades, one of the Blue Mountain’s most loved locations. Its runs through urban and industrial areas between the towns of Katoomba and Leura and is increasingly suffering from the effects of weeds, urban stormwater run-off and pollution.
The Leura Falls Creek Catchment incorporates all of the areas that drain into Leura Falls Creek. The catchment is bounded to the north by the Great Western Highway and railway line; to the east by Leura Mall; to the west by Katoomba St and to the south by Leura Cascades Falls and Blue Mountains National Park – a land area of approximately 230 ha in size.
In February 2012 a working group was formed to develop the Leura Falls Creek Catchment strategy and action plans. Click here: Sth Leura Ck Catchment for the 2012–2015 strategy. The working group is a group of community volunteers from bushcare/landcare groups in the catchment.
The strategy and action plans are being implemented by the Leura Falls Creek Catchment working group in collaboration with the Blue Mountains City Council and National Parks and Wildlife Service. Among other things our strategy aims to develop an integrated approach to restoration actions, making connections across the Leura Falls Creek Catchment landscape and establishing a more coordinated approach to improving and maintaining the health of the catchment.
At the Blue Mountains Council meeting on 21 February 2012 Council resolved to make Leura Falls Creek a priority catchment for Environmental Restoration and Community Engagement programs. This priority was identified based on factors including: water quality and habitat condition; threatened species (Mountain Dwarf Pine and Blue Mountains Skink), threatened ecological communities (Blue Mountains Swamps); and other natural and community values within the catchment.
There are seven community Bushcare groups and three Landcare groups in the catchment. Volunteers also conduct Streamwatch.