Addressing the issue of degraded waterways nationally will cost billions of dollars; in Southeast Queensland (SEQ) alone it is estimated that it will cost $500M. Fundamental research is needed to ensure such effortsachieve the desired outcomes. Previous research has shown riverbank erosion is a key stressor for water quality. This project will link fluvial disturbance with the capacity for effective riparian restoration in subtropicalriver systems at a local, reach and whole of catchment scale. The outcome will be to develop decision support tools and methods for industry partners to invest in catchment-scale restoration activities in order to manage the risks to drinking water quality and aquatic ecosystem health from riverbank erosion.