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Currawinya Lakes Ramsar internationally important wetland

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Overview

Lakes Numalla and Wyara in the broad semi-arid mulga plains of south-west Queensland are some of inland Australia’s most important wetlands.

The lakes are part of Currawinya National Park, established in 1991 to conserve samples of the major ecosystems found in Queensland's Mulga Lands region. In 1992, the international importance of the wetlands in the park was recognised with the designation of the Currawinya Lakes Ramsar site. Further information about the wetland values of the site can be found in the Currawinya Lakes Ramsar Information Sheet.

The Currawinya Lakes Ramsar Site/Currawinya National Park - Ramsar Management Summary 2014 provides information and guidance for land managers responsible for the management of Ramsar sites. This information is derived primarily from the draft Ecological Character Description (ECD) and the Currawinya Lakes Ramsar Information Sheet (2014) (RIS).

A Protected Area Management Plan (PDF) is also available for this area.

For more information, or to download the fact sheets:

Wetlands International provides a useful tool for preparing reports on specific aspects of the site.

Although the official map of this site is found on the Wetlands International site, a digital version may viewed on WetlandMaps.

The federal Department of the Environment also provides an information sheet on the Currawinya Lakes Ramsar site.

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Based on wetland mapping version 4.0

Currawinya Lakes Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by system 2013
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 212.8 100.0% 14.1%
Artificial and highly modified 0.2 0.1% 0.0%
Lacustrine 115.3 54.2% 7.6%
Palustrine 92.0 43.2% 6.1%
Riverine 5.4 2.5% 0.4%

There are approximately 777 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Currawinya Lakes Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by habitat 2013
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 212.8 100.0% 14.1%
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 7.1 3.3% 0.5%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 40.9 19.2% 2.7%
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (floodplain) 6.3 3.0% 0.4%
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (non-floodplain) 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 36.9 17.3% 2.4%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 0.8 0.4% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 39.7 18.7% 2.6%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 41.2 19.4% 2.7%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake—claypans 34.3 16.1% 2.3%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 0.2 0.1% 0.0%
Riverine 5.4 2.5% 0.4%

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wetland extent changes

Currawinya Lakes Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland extent change by system
System 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2013/pre-clear
percentage
Total 212.8 212.8 212.8 212.8 100.0%
Artificial and highly modified 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 n/a
Lacustrine 115.3 115.3 115.3 115.3 100.0%
Palustrine 92.0 92.0 92.0 92.0 100.0%
Riverine 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.4 100.0%
Currawinya Lakes Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 212.8 212.8 212.8 212.8
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 40.9 40.9 40.9 40.9
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (floodplain) 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.3
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (non-floodplain) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 36.9 36.9 36.9 36.9
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 39.7 39.7 39.7 39.7
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 41.2 41.2 41.2 41.2
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake—claypans 34.3 34.3 34.3 34.3
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Riverine 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.4

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wildlife

Kingdom
Class
Native Introduced Wetland
indicator
species
Rare or
threatened
species
All
TOTAL 669 33 101 11 704
Animals 288 11 69 8 301
Mammals 20 7 1 1 27
Birds 218 1 52 5 221
Reptiles 32 0 2 0 32
Amphibians 9 0 3 0 9
Ray-finned fishes 8 3 11 2 11
Malacostracans 1 0 0 0 1
Plants 381 22 32 3 403

Note: Wildlife statistics are based on information that has been submitted to the EHP WildNet database and converted to a 10km² grid. The grid information has been intersected with the mapping polygons to determine the species lists. Click here to view the species grid metadata.

Information from WildNet can also be accessed via Wildlife Online and WetlandMaps.

Rare or threatened includes species listed as extinct, extinct in the wild, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or conservation dependent under either the Nature Conservation Act or Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

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This page should be cited as:

Currawinya Lakes Ramsar internationally important wetland — facts and maps, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 8 September 2016, <http://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/ramsar-wetland-currawinya-lakes/>.

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