Beach Scrub Project (CAP)

Example of Beach Scrub site.

For landholders in the Coastal Plains and Adjacent Ranges of the Burdekin.

What is the Beach Scrub Project?

The Beach Scrub Project is an Australian Government funded initiative, through the National Landcare Programme, to improve the condition and extent of beach scrub in the NQ Dry Tropics region.  The Beach Scrub Project aims to promote conservation of beach scrub semi-evergreen vine thickets, an endangered ecosystem that’s crucial for reducing erosion and preserving strong ecological diversity on-property.

NQ Dry Tropics is an independent not for profit organisation engaged to deliver and implement the National Landcare Programme for the Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM region.  

The Beach Scrub Project will assess known beach scrub regional ecosystem areas and work to improve the condition and extent of these areas.

In the Burdekin area:

  • OF CONCERN: Queensland State Regional Ecosystem 11.2.3 – Microphyll vine forest (“beach scrub”) on sandy beach ridges.
  • ENDANGERED: Australian Government – Part of the Semi-evergreen vine thickets of the Brigalow Belt (North and South) and Nandewar Bioregions.

In the Wet Tropics area:

  • OF CONCERN: Queensland State Regional Ecosystem 7.2.2 – Notophyll to microphyll vine forest on sands of beach origin.
  • CRITICALLY ENDANGERED: Australian Government – Part of the Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Vine Thickets of Eastern Australia.

Beach Scrub Site Plans

  1. Cape Upstart (Central)
  2. Cape Upstart (Northern)
  3. Cape Upstart (Southern)
  4. Curlewis Bay
  5. Dingo Beach
  6. Horseshoe Bay
  7. Kings Beach #2
  8. Kings Beach #3
  9. Nelly Bay
  10. Ollera
  11. Queen’s Bay
  12. Quindelup
  13. Rita Island
  14. Shelley Beach
  15. Yabulu
  16. Mystic Sands
  17. Crystal Creek
  18. Wunjunga
  19. The Pocket
  20. Groper Creek

How much money is available?

The Beach Scrub Project initially has $100,000 available to fund on-ground works on the Coastal Plains and Adjacent Ranges. This targeted funding will be allocated to support integrated management projects, focussing on priority areas where suitable regional ecosystems occur.

What works will be funded?

On-ground works to improve the condition and extent of beach scrub will be funded on a case-by-case basis, based on established management guidelines and expert recommendations.  Works will typically include:

  • Weed control;
  • Improved fire management practices;
  • Improved grazing management practices;
  • Revegetation works; and
  • Beach scrub monitoring.

Works can either be undertaken by you, the landholder, with in-kind support provided by you; or under contract with a community environmental group.

What do I need to do?

The Beach Scrub Project team will be in touch with you if you have identified beach scrub regional ecosystems on your property.  They will arrange a suitable time to assess your property and prepare a site-specific action plan to improve beach scrub. You will work in consultation with the team to develop an on-ground project and arrange suitable works.

If you know of neighbours who might have beach scrub on their property and would like to be involved in this important project, please contact us.

When does it finish?

This round of the Beach Scrub Project finishes in June 2018. Some larger projects may be extended as funding allows.

Where can I get more information?

Contact Jaymie Rains on  4724 3544 or

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