Waterways, Wetlands and Coasts


webpgprojphotos278x600pxNQ Dry Tropics works with partners to ensure the region’s waterways, wetlands and coastal areas are resilient, healthy, sustainably managed, enjoyed and respected by the community.

The region’s coastal ecosystems support an enjoyable living environment, provide food and habitat for marine and terrestrial life. They also contribute to improved water quality by filtering nutrients and chemicals from runoff. Poor condition of these habitats has a direct impact on the survival, growth and breeding of many species that live and migrate in the coastal zone, and that of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

The Waterways, Wetlands and Coasts Programme delivers projects with a focus on:

  • Coastal Dunes – working with Local Government and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for coastal rehabilitation. Strategic management activities are being rolled out at various scales by landholders and community groups,
  • Wetlands – facilitating partnerships with many landholders to undertake important work to improve the functioning and connectivity of wetland systems,
  • Waterways – gathering data on land use changes and their effect on water quality in the GBR. Future GBR health report cards will be informed by this data which will also help validate the on-ground efforts farmers are making towards improving water quality.

Waterways, Wetlands and Coasts current projects

Restoring Burdekin Coastal Ecosystems for the Great Barrier Reef and Ramsar
Connecting Burdekin Cane Farmers to their local wetlands (2016-2019) Reducing Fine Sediment By Maintaining and Restoring Burdekin Stream Banks and Coastal Wetlands (2018-2022)

Waterways, Wetlands and Coasts completed projects

Improving Coastal Wetland Ecosystems Through Improved Understanding of Best Irrigation Management Practice in the Lower Burdekin. (Landscape Resilience 2017-2018) Engaging and Strengthening Communities 2013-2018 Restoring seasonality for landscape resilience in the important sugar production area of the Lower Burdekin Delta (Landscape Resilience 2013-2016) Improving Coastal Wetland Ecosystems Through Improved Understanding of Best Irrigation Management Practice in the Lower Burdekin (Landscape Resilience 2016-2017) Community Landcare Grants 2016/2017
Case Studies
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World Wetland Day – February 2nd

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.

Laura Dunstan and Scott Fry from our Waterways, Wetlands and Coasts team are members of the Lower Burdekin Wetland Steering Committee, which produced this great short film about the Papale family in the Lower Burdekin. The Papales turned an unproductive area of their cane farm into a thriving wetland, and they believe that farming systems and the environment can live hand in hand.

The film was funded by the Queensland Wetlands Program and produced in conjunction with Dr Ian McLeod, Senior Research Scientist at TropWater, James Cook University.

For more information on the film or the Lower Burdekin Wetland Steering Committee, please contact Terri Buono, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, on 3330 4509 or Email: terri.buono@daf.qld.gov.au