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Delivering Biodiversity Dividends to the Barratta Creek Catchment

Delivering Biodiversity Dividends to the Barratta Creek Catchment was a four-year project, initiated by WetlandCare Australia and completed with Conservation Volunteers Australia through funding from the Australian Government. The project engaged multiple stakeholders to protect, manage and enhance the high ecological functional values of the Barratta Creek Catchment, an artery of the Bowling Green Bay wetlands which is the only Ramsar site in North Queensland.

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Project Achievements

Community Capacity Building & Indigenous Engagement

The success of the project can in a large part be contributed to the strong partnerships formed within the Burdekin shire community.
Conservation Volunteers Australia have worked with local farmers, landholders, traditional owner work teams, schools and the general public within the community to protect, manage and enhance the Barratta Creek Catchment and build environment resilience for the future.

To find out more about the projects major achievements in the areas of Indigenous Engagement & Community Capacity Building, download the brochure here.

Key statistics
• 606 volunteers engaged, including 98 farmers
• 3 World Wetlands Day events
• 9 Gudjuda Reference Group team members trained in fire management and participated in Barratta Fire Management committee
• 59 community training days

Watch Burdekin cane grower Vince Papale show the benefits of on-farm wetlands in a popular YouTube video.

Restoration & On-ground Works

Throughout the project restoration and on-ground outcomes have been pursued to improve biodiversity values in the Barratta Creek Catchment.
Constructed wetland development, revegetation works, pest plant and animal management programs and strategic fire management have all assisted towards enhancing the ecological values of Barratta Creek, one of the most high integrity floodplain creek systems on the developed east coast of Queensland.

To find out more about the projects major achievements in the areas of Restoration & On-ground Works, download the brochure here.

Key statistics
• Controlled weeds across 37 hectares, targeting Weeds of National Significance (WoNS)
• 30,000 native trees, shrubs and groundcovers planted from 38 native species
• Conducted strategic fire management across 10,000 hectares of environmental zones
• 7 km of pest animal proof fencing installed
• 3 fauna surveys conducted

For more information about this project, contact us


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What can you do?
If you’re looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity we’d love you to get involved in our work protecting and restoring wetlands.

Sign up to WetlandLink, or contact your nearest Conservation Volunteers Australia office to find out about local volunteer opportunities


Would you like to be part of protecting and restoring wetlands? You can do so by donating through our secure online system.


By volunteering on one of our field projects, you can make a practical contribution and help .