Southern Fitzroy floodplain wetland complex
Fitzroy Basin Association Inc
Case study type
Queensland Wetlands Program
1 July 2006
The Southern Fitzroy floodplain project was the largest of the Pilot Program projects in terms of scope and geographic extent. It delivered a coordinated program of wetland habitat restoration in strategically targeted sites within the Southern Fitzroy floodplain. Achievements of the project:
The wetlands included in the project were:
Much of the southern Fitzroy floodplain is dominated by invasive grasses such as para grass, hymenachne and guinea grass. Riparian weeds include rubber vine, parkinsonia and prickly acacia.
Weeds affect native vegetation through competitive exclusion, reduction in biodiversity and alteration of habitat values.
Past clearing has been detrimental to riparian and floodplain vegetation communities. Clearing has reduced catchment vegetation cover and contributed to increased soil erosion, elevated sediment and nutrient loads, and decreased water quality.
Heavy grazing pressure in some wetland areas has contributed to soil erosion. In areas where grazing is moderate or non-existent, exotic pastures such as guinea grass create large fuel loads, which are a hot fire risk.
Loss of connectivity between freshwater and marine habitats is a problem across the wider Fitzroy basin, particularly for marine breeding species such as barramundi, mangrove jack, mullet and tarpon.
Last updated: 10 March 2016
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2016) Southern Fitzroy floodplain wetland complex, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 May 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/resources/tools/wetland-project/southern-fitzroy-floodplain-wetland-complex-b6a3/