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Spotswoods Lagoon Case Study

Restoring wetland function at Spotswoods Lagoon

Spotswoods Lagoon is a 100ha shallow coastal wetland on farmer Gary Spotswood’s property, about 15km south of Home Hill, in North Queensland. Situated on the Burdekin Delta, it’s an important support area for the internationally-renowned wetlands of Bowling Green Bay. During flood events its waters flow into Cape Upstart and the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

The lagoon is a haven for many migratory wader birds, including the red-necked avocet, black-fronted dotterel, red-necked stint, and the endangered Australian painted snipe. But as recently as 2013, these birds, some of which travel from as far afield as Siberia, were nowhere to be seen – and around half the lagoon was covered with thick weeds, in particular Typha spp., commonly known as cumbungi.

Since 2013 NQ Dry Tropics has been running two separate projects concurrently – Systems Repair (funded by the Australian Government) and Landscape Resilience (funded by the Queensland Government), to restore the lagoon to its natural function.


Official launch of the 2015-2016 Annual Report
Annual Report 2015-16“NQ Dry Tropics has so much to be proud of this year; we’ve produced new plans, secured new investments, entered into exciting new partnerships, and continued to support our region’s communities to sustainably manage natural resources in the Burdekin region.

We cherish our excellent links with our community, industry and government partners – and they continue to grow. Together we are delivering amazing on-ground achievements and we look forward to many more successes together in the future.”

Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM Plan
mediareleasegaphic1000pxInnovative plan is blueprint for how to safeguard our region’s natural resources. 

The visionary Burdekin Dry Tropics Natural Resource Management (NRM) Plan is the only one of its kind in the region and forms the blueprint for how the community can work together to protect and sustainably manage our natural resources for the next 10 years.readmore_btn

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