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Southern Pioneer Floodplain Lagoon

Website/Report

(not documented)

Project lead

Partnerships

Reef Catchments (formally MWNRM)

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Pioneer Integrated Catchment Landcare Group

Mackay City Council

Industries

Science

Activities

On-ground work, Monitoring

Case study type

(none)

Funding source

Reef Catchments

Conservation Volunteers Australia and Pioneer Integrated Catchment Landcare Group

Funding amount

$193,320

In-kind contribution

(not documented)

Start date

2006

End date

2008

Summary

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.

Benefits

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.

Lesson

(not documented)

Reference ID

(none)

Last updated: 16 May 2015

This page should be cited as:

Southern Pioneer Floodplain Lagoon, WetlandInfo 2014, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 31 January 2020, <https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/resources/tools/wetland-project/southern-pioneer-floodplain-lagoon-3b89/>.

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