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Tully/Murray wetland rehabilitation


Project lead


Queensland Wetlands Program

Girrigun Aboriginal Corporation

Gumbudda Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) and Cardwell Shire Council

Neighbouring landholders




On-ground work, Monitoring, Planning, Education extension

Case study type

Queensland Wetlands Program (QWP) management case study

Funding source

Australian Government

Cardwell Shire Council


Great Barrier Reef Public Reserves Management Program and Defeat the Weed Menace

Funding amount

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In-kind contribution

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Start date

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End date

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The Murray floodplain is midway between Cairns and Townsville in North Queensland. The Tully and Murray rivers, along with many tributary creeks, lagoons, melaleuca swamp forests, seasonally inundated plains, and palm forests, form a floodplain wetland aggregation. This aggregation is distributed among agricultural land used to produce sugar, bananas and beef.

There were a number of elements to this project, the first being development of a Decision Support System to prioritise wetland management investment areas. Once sites were chosen, on-ground works focused on the Kyambul Lagoon, Warrami Waterhole and Cherrin Creek systems. A hymenache control plan was developed. An Argo all-terrain vehicle was used to spray the hymenachne with herbicide over 50ha of wetlands. A contractor was employed to de-silt the Warrami Waterhole. Eight hectares of strategic fencing was placed along Cherrin Creek to protect the creek from further degradation from cattle. A monitoring program was developed for the rehabilitation works involving two plots for ongoing monitoring.


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Reference ID

Tully/Murray wetland rehabilitation

Last updated: 16 May 2015

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2015) Tully/Murray wetland rehabilitation, WetlandInfo website, accessed 1 February 2023. Available at:

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