Improving habitat quality and ecological integrity in the Coombabah Lakelands as part of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland Project.
This restoration project is improving habitat quality in an important area of the Coombabah Lakelands, part of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland. The project site is adjacent to feeding and roosting sites for internationally and nationally listed wading birds.
This project is improving forest health, increasing the open forest’s capacity to adapt to climate change induced sea level rise, enhancing roosting sites for migratory shorebirds and improving the recruitment of endemic species including Casuarina and Melaleuca as well as ground vegetation including native grasses and herbaceous species.
About the project
- The project is removing understory weeds that out-compete native plants for space and sunlight.
- Weed removal is being undertaken across 16 hectares.
- Weeds are being removed using a combination of hand weeding, cut scrape pint, drill and filling and pot spraying.
- The site is overrun with Asparagus vine, Lantana, Hawthorne, Groundsel Bush and Cocos Palms. Target weeds include these as well as Broad Leaf Pepper Tree, Corky Passion Vine, Date Palm, Edible Passionfruit Vine, Mile-A-Minute, Ochna, Umbrella Tree, and White Passion Vine.
This project is being delivered in partnership with the Gold Coast Catchments Association, Gold Coast Shorebirds Group and City of Gold Coast.
This project is supported by Healthy Land and Water, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
So far eight hectares has been rehabilitated and is now being maintained. Eight hectares of additional area has now been designated for rehabilitation, which will help reduce reinvasion of weeds within the original site.
Follow-up maintenance is being undertaken to ensure the site is not reinvaded by weed species still present.
Why this project is important
The Coombabah Lakelands are an integral component of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland. The project site is adjacent to feeding and roosting sites for internationally and nationally listed wading birds including the Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel and Eastern Curlew.
Adjacent habitats include Saltmarsh and Coastal Oak forest, both EPBC listed ecological communities.