Revegetation, rehabilitation & collaboration: Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland project end of year wrap up

Healthy Land & Water has been busy this year working with partners across the region to manage threats and improve the ecological function of over 800 hectares of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland.

This financial years’ activities have included weed removal, revegetation, and partnerships with a range of dedicated and passionate stakeholders.

With our changing climate and more extreme and frequent weather events on the horizon, it is more important than ever to invest in our region and protect our special environments, like the unique, Ramsar-listed Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland.

A large focus of this year’s activities has tackling weeds. We’ve worked with Watergum to treat weeds at Coombabah Reserve, supported Coochiemudlo Island Coastcare Group to remove weeds from Coochiemudlo Island, and collaborated with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) to undertake weeding activities on Guwawenewa (Goat Island).

Significant effort has also been put into revegetation. In partnership with Watergum, we have been revegetating Curlew Island, and in partnership with Barung Landcare we have been revegetating riparian areas at Hussey Creek.

We have collaborated with QYAC to undertake pig, cat and fox control on Quandamooka country, and have supported QYAC to educate people visiting Minjerribah’s (Stradbroke Island) beaches to reduce disturbances to shorebirds by keeping dogs on leads.

We’ve been rehabilitating wetlands at Hays Inlet and Nathan Road Reserve with the Redcliffe Environment Forum, and rehabilitating saltmarsh at Ransome Reserve with Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee.

We have proudly supported the Kubi Kubi people to manage a Cypress Camp cultural landscape on Bribie Island.

We supported Ocean Crusaders to remove an impressive 20 tonnes of marine debris from across 80 hectares of Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland.

Workshops were hosted to bring together passionate stakeholders to look at innovative ways to restore values and address threats to the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland.

Let’s not forget the farmers! We have worked with dedicated pineapple growers on polymer trials to reduce erosion and run-off from farms.

Healthy Land & Water CEO Julie McLellan emphasises that is it more important than ever to continue to work together to look after the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland.

“Healthy Land & Water would like to thank our partners for their tireless effort and in-kind support they’ve provided to the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland Project so far,”

“We look forward to continuing to work with the community, Traditional Owners, and local government to protect and preserve the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland for generations to come.”

Learn more about the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland Project here: https://hlw.org.au/project/moreton-bay-ramsar-wetland/

Download the project snapshot here: https://hlw.org.au/download/moreton-bay-ramsar-wetland-project/

 

The project is being delivered alongside project delivery partners including private landowners, land managers, local Landcare groups and Traditional Owners.

This project is supported by Healthy Land & Water, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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