Enhancing the ecological and cultural values of Guwawenewa as part of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland Project.
This project involves supporting the Quandamooka People through QYAC to undertake restoration on Guwawenewa (Goat Island) through weed removal and the regeneration of native plants. This work aims to protect and enhance the ecological and cultural values of the island. Project works are also benefitting habitat for shorebirds and other unique fauna found on this small coral cay.
Located within the Moreton Bay Ramsar site, Guwawenewa supports an impressive array of native plant species. The island provides important habitat and roosting areas for migratory and local shorebirds and is teaming with a diversity of coral in the surrounding waters.
Weeds are threatening the island’s ecosystem and reducing the value of the island as a shorebird roosting site. The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) through the Quandamooka Aboriginal Land and Sea Management Agency are leading the restoration works to restore this special part of Quandamooka Country.
About the project
- Weed removal works using sensitive, chemical-free techniques are being led by QYAC Rangers, supported by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
- Activities will be conducted over the next three years.
Why this project is important
Guwawenewa is a coral cay in Quandamooka Country (Moreton Bay), covered in a diverse array of native vegetation. The island provides important habitat and roosting area for migratory and local shorebirds
A recent flora survey conducted by the project team revealed an impressive diversity and richness of native species, with 39 native species identified, some of which are uncommonly found on Moreton Bay’s islands.
Weeds such as asparagus fern, prickly pear, lantana, mother of millions, corky passionflower, and mile-a-minute are threatening the island’s ecosystem and reducing the value of the island as a shorebird roosting site.
This project is supported by Healthy Land and Water through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
This project is being delivered in collaboration with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and the Quandamooka Aboriginal Land and Sea Management Agency.