A win for Wetlands is a Win for the Reef
Jul 27, 2016
Wetlands are special places – they support a diverse plant community, provide food and habitat for a wide variety of animals and are a particularly important refuge for migratory birds and amphibians. Queensland has a wide variety of wetland types which are estimated to cover nearly 71,000 square kilometres and many of these are on private property.
They act as natural filtering systems but are highly sensitive to ecological systems that are easily detrimentally impacted by human interference and the introduction of invasive non native weeds species.
The Burnett Mary Group is working with a grazier near the Bulburin National Park near Agnes Water to provide assistance provided through the Queensland Government’s Regional Natural Resource Management Investment Program: Healthy Waterways, Rivers and Wetlands to improve the water quality and health of a significant wetland on his property.
Currently the wetland on the property is unfenced on one side and recreational 4WDs are accessing the area causing damage to native vegetation, disturbing native habitats which causes erosion and increases sedimentation which is impacting on water quality. Illegal rubbish dumping is also a problem creating hazards both physical and chemical which can directly harm native species. Vehicle access is also introducing invasive weeds which left unattended, can block natural water flows and out compete native vegetation.
Wildlife friendly fencing will be erected to fully enclose the palustrine wetland, ephemeral floodplain and nearby riparian on the property to restrict 4WD access and deter illegal rubbish dumpers. These works will act to protect the existing wetland vegetation, encourage natural regeneration and build the health of the wetland and surrounding aquatic ecosystems.
The wetlands that occur throughout our catchment are natural filtering systems - keeping them healthy ensures improved water quality for our coastal waters. Wetlands, estuaries, local coral and seagrass and the Great Barrier Reef are all winners.