Money has to be invested in the fight to keep Frogbit out of the Mitchell. The funding has to be secured for the next several years until we beat this threat.
Rather than complain and point fingers, key land managers have reached into their own budgets and are providing much-needed additional funds for a Sentinel Network that can protect the Mitchell while the bigger issue of cleaning up the Barron gains traction.
In May 2021 Mitchell River Group signed a management agreement with Mareeba Shire Council to take over the ongoing management of a remnant wetland known as Abattoir Swamp.
The wetland is located on the Molloy - Mossman Road and is one of the few publicly-accessible reserves of its type in the area.
Renowned in times past as an excellent bird-watching destination, the wetland has suffered a steady decline in condition over the past decade.
Our project team managed to get to Kowanyama over the first week of September, nearly a year after our initial meeting and before the COVID19 travel restrictions came into place.
The visit involved introductions to the Mayor Robbie Sands and Councillor Cameron Josiah. Following our welcome, we met with Kowanyama Council CEO Gary Uhlmann and Viv Sinnamon to discuss the objectives of the project and get up to speed on current conditions in the community.
This project implements recommendations of the National Recovery Plan for Neochmia evangelinae, the White-bellied Crimson Finch (WBCF), or “our little red bird” as it is fondly known to locals.
The project is designed to engage and up-skill people in the remote Aboriginal community of Kowanyama.
The deliverables are informed by initial survey work undertaken in 2017-18 which showed promise (ref: http://www.mitchell-river.com.au/projects/2018/26).
- Kowanyama Finch project gets the green light
- Looking back on the Mitchell to look forward
- Forty Mile Scrub fire causes concerns
- Regional Landcare Directors elected
- Palmer River still an option for Lakeland farmers
- New catchment signage on the go: clan names recognised
- Streambank erosion: understanding the difference
- Property-specific Action Plans underway
- Siam weed breakout spurs funding call
According to a recent media release from David Kempton, Chair of the RDA-FNQTS, the prospect of a major dam on the upper Palmer River has taken a step closer to reality. Kempton declared that $10M was available "to progress the Lakeland Irrigation Scheme business case and advance the project to a shovel-ready stage."