Defining non-tidal riparian boundaries

Lawless, Daniel Patrick (2006) Defining non-tidal riparian boundaries. [USQ Project]


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The boundary between land and water is one of the most difficult of all boundaries to
re-define. The changing nature of watercourse systems poses major problems and
surveyors currently have limited guidelines to assist in the process of selecting an
appropriate natural feature to use for a boundary alignment.
This project has been undertaken to address uncertainty in Queensland legislation
with regard to non-tidal riparian boundaries. The current approach regarding the
boundary between land and non-tidal water is defined by the term - bed and banks.
The methods adopted by surveyors in determining a natural feature are drawn upon
using their experience alone rather than a combination of experience and theoretical
knowledge in solving this problem
Addressing short falls in bed and bank descriptions has allowed a greater
understanding of these types of boundaries.
The formulation of principals and standards of the definition process has enabled
thorough guidelines to be developed. The project addresses key topics of riparian
boundary reinstatement by:
• Identification of the needs of society for riparian boundaries and the key
principles essential to meeting those needs
• Develop a set of standards to address these key principals, and
• Develop a guideline to aid surveyors in an appropriate definition process.
These developments have enabled a transparent approach to be achieved with the
relationship between the surveyor and regulation.
The current system of reporting outlined in the Cadastral Survey Requirements,
compromises the ability of the system to cater for society’s needs. A guideline for the
surveyor to refer to when determining an appropriate natural feature to locate would
be an invaluable resource. This reference tool would potentially address a deficiency
in the current system thereby satisfying the greater community.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:08
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: riparian; boundaries; non-tidal; water; river
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090906 Surveying (incl. Hydrographic Surveying)
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4013 Geomatic engineering > 401306 Surveying (incl. hydrographic surveying)

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