Tag Archives: Wetlands

Cane farmers and scientists focus on water quality during AIMS visit

A visit to the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) last week gave a group of Burdekin cane farmers an opportunity to learn more about the science behind water quality research.

The NQ Dry Tropics event, designed to help foster a better understanding between farmers and scientists, also involved representatives from Lower Burdekin Water, Burdekin … Continue Reading ››

Wet weather highlights fishway success and boosts fish migration

NQ Dry Tropics, Lower Burdekin Water and TropWater took advantage of last week’s wet weather by deploying fish monitoring survey traps at Lilliesmere Lagoon to see whether recently installed fishways are working effectively. Due to the extended dry, this was the first opportunity to test the fishways since they were … Continue Reading ››

Fish numbers up as weed control improves Burdekin waterway

Latest monitoring results show that ongoing work to improve the health of Sheepstation Creek, near Ayr, is improving native fish populations.

Since 2013 NQ Dry Tropics has worked with Burdekin Shire Council, Lower Burdekin Water and local landowners to remove weeds, construct fishways, replenish fish stocks, and reduce levels of excess irrigation water that … Continue Reading ››

Cane farmers needed to help control pest fish in the Lower Burdekin

Burdekin cane farmers are being urged to take part in a trial that will use Barramundi as a weapon in the fight against invasive Tilapia. Tilapia have colonised farm recycling pits across the Lower Burdekin causing erosion, however, recent evidence from the Mackay area indicates that Barramundi can keep populations in check by feeding on juveniles. [caption … Continue Reading ››

Landcare Week bus tour highlights community sustainability projects

A bus tour to celebrate National Landcare Week gave more than 20 volunteers from Ayr, Townsville and Magnetic Island a chance to visit project sites and share ideas on sustainable land management. NQ Dry Tropics partnered with local landcare groups to organise the tour, which began with a visit to Ross River … Continue Reading ››

Volunteers defy Cyclone Debbie to complete Queens Beach project

It takes more than a severe tropical cyclone to deter the dedicated volunteers of the Queens Beach Action Group (QBAG) from looking after Bowen’s longest beach. Despite Debbie’s best efforts, QBAG recently completed a project on time to restore native habitat and protect eroding dunes at Yasso Point on Queens Beach in … Continue Reading ››