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WetlandUpdate October 2013

Ramsar—Celebrating 20 years of conserving Wetlands of International Importance

Twenty years ago, Bowling Green Bay, south of Townsville, and Moreton Bay, near Brisbane, were listed as Queensland’s first Ramsar sites—wetlands of international importance.
Today Queensland has five Ramsar sites—Currawinya Lakes, Bowling Green Bay, Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area, Great Sandy Strait and Moreton Bay.
To mark the 20 year Ramsar listing anniversary,  a celebratory community event will be held on 26 October 2013 at Foreshore Park, Sandgate. The event brings together State and local governments, natural resource management groups and community groups with displays, information and activities.

Ramsar—Chalking up protection and management achievements

Protecting and managing Ramsar sites requires a collaborative effort. Federal, State and local governments work together with natural resource management groups, industry, Traditional Owners, landholders and the community to care for the sites and the values they support. This often involves conducting management activities in surrounding areas that impact upon the Ramsar site and its values.

A list of some of the achievements outlining the protection, on-ground works, training and education programs and facilities to assist with the management of these areas has been developed to highlight progress and help identify future priorities.

To view the achievements download the following fact sheets:

New links

The Waterbody Management Guideline assists local governments in South East Queensland to manage waterbodies. The guideline was commissioned by Redland City Council and speaks to all departments and disciplines within local government involved in managing waterbodies.

Waterbird and shorebird surveys of the Bowling Green Bay Ramsar site—beginning in 2011 this study consisted of four surveys of the coastal high tide roosts for shorebirds, and additional aerial and ground surveys of nearby wetlands, north of Ayr. The aim of the study was to provide a detailed assessment of the distribution and abundance of shorebirds and waterbirds in the Bowling Green Bay Ramsar Site.

Updated tools fact sheet

The Queensland Wetlands Program tools fact sheet has been updated to include the new tools.


When existing resources are updated or new tools are added to WetlandInfo, the WetlandUpdate newsletter is sent to subscribers with the changes featured on a What’s New summary page, now renamed WetlandUpdate.

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Our WetlandInfo feature frog is a Notaden bennettii

commonly known as the Holy Cross Toad

Notaden bennettii Photo by Harry Hines

WetlandInfo updates this section regularly, so keep your eyes and ears open!

For more information on frogs ,

visit the Frogs of Australia

Or view species profiles in your area using the SummaryInfo search tool.

Last updated: 20 October 2013

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