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Management Committee takes shape at Abattoir Swamp

An eager group of volunteers converged on Abattoir Swamp on Sunday 27 June 2021 to mark the start of Mitchell River's management of the wetland.

Over the course of the past year Mareeba Shire Council has discussed arrangements with the local progress association (JAMARR) and the Mitchell River group to explore options for improving the condition and public utilisation of the facility.

Sentinel Network brochure released at FNQ Field Days

Mitchell River have produced an awareness-raising brochure that features a map of the Amazon Frogbit Sentinel Network.

The map graphically illustrates the hazardous situation with frogbit infestations in the Barron threatening to spread to the Mitchell. Chairman Allan Holmes noted: "This frogbit is a serious problem for producers and the public. It's amongst the world's most invasive aquatic weeds, and we do not want to see it in the Mitchell."

Frogbit Sentinel Network

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.

Abattoir Swamp Management Committee

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.

WBCF Project visit: Late Dry 2020

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.


 

Improving habitat for White-bellied Crimson Finch (Kowanyama country)

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).

Catch-UP: July 2019

Highlights:
- 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

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