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Southern Pioneer Floodplain Lagoon


(not documented)

Project lead


Reef Catchments (formally MWNRM)

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Pioneer Integrated Catchment Landcare Group

Mackay City Council




On-ground work, Monitoring

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Reef Catchments

Conservation Volunteers Australia and Pioneer Integrated Catchment Landcare Group

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In-kind contribution

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Sandringham Lagoon is a 2.2km flood plain lagoon that was almost completely covered in weeds. In most areas this weed mat was over 1m thick. The works achieved the removal of 30,000 tonnes of weed matting. The project also undertook monitoring of water quality, fish sampling and bird observations. A fishway was constructed, as were three sediment retention basins downstream of the lagoon to create habitat along the cane drain linking the lagoon to the estuary. The banks were re-vegetated, and public education days were held. Landholder engagement was strong.


As a result of this project:
  • fish species increased from three species to sixteen species
  • water quality significantly improved
  • bird observations increased
  • landholders were committed to keeping the wetland clear of weeds because of the positive changes that took place at the lagoon.


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Reference ID


Last updated: 16 May 2015

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2015) Southern Pioneer Floodplain Lagoon, WetlandInfo website, accessed 25 June 2024. Available at:

Queensland Government
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