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Priority Projects for Cape York Region


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Cape York Weeds and Feral Animal Project

Cape York Marine Advisory Group

Cookshire Council

Queensland Government (DNRW)




On-ground work, Monitoring, Planning, Education extension

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Natural Heritage Trust

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This project involved a number of on-ground activities. At Keatings Lagoon, a feral pig exclusion fence was constructed with erosion control, gates and floodway system around 20ha of the lagoon. This fence will also exclude other species that can cause damage, (primarily horses and cattle), thereby assisting with erosion control. In addition, 0.6ha of pig impacted wetland was protected in an adjacent wetland at Oakey Creek. As well, weed management was undertaken to spray hymenachne and lantana at Keatings Lagoon.

Rehabilitation works were also undertaken at the Alligator Creek wetland that focused on spraying 5.3ha mother-in-law’s tongue, including additional spot spraying to control wet season suckering. Works were also undertaken to eradicate 6000 tilapia from the Endeavour River.

South Cape York Catchments covers a vast area and significant costs can result when delivering projects to remote areas of this size. By decentralising project work and having local people manage local projects, a more cost-effective project was developed. At Honey Dam, works were undertaken to control salvinia. This involved installing an ag pipe boom in the dam to prevent 30% of the salvinia from entering the dam during the wet season. A second ag pipe boom was also installed to prevent reinfestation of salvinia post-wet season in the upper 500m of the dam.


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Last updated: 24 September 2015

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Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2015) Priority Projects for Cape York Region, WetlandInfo website, accessed 18 March 2024. Available at:

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