Wetlands provide a range of benefits through the provision of water and forage for stock, flood mitigation, nutrient and sediment transformation, and biodiversity.
Industry sectors, local governments and private landowners play an important role in the sustainable management of wetland systems as most wetlands in Queensland exist on private property.
The WetlandInfo website provides a range of valuable information that can help with wetland management at a property level. This page gives links to resources that directly relate to property management and provides a list of tools for property managers.
If you know of other information that is useful for wetland management at a property level, use the feedback link below.
is what one dairy farmer saved by reusing effluent for irrigation. This in turn can help increase water quality for the stock. Other benefits wetlands provide include flood buffering, water storage, nutrient removal, water purification, erosion control and carbon storage.
As an integral part of the Great Barrier Reef Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2013, vulnerability assessments are being undertaken on habitats, species and groups of species identified as being potentially at risk. These assessments will help inform the strategy's management priorities.
The project adopts a generic approach allowing the framework to be transferred to other wetlands, including Ramsar-listed wetlands, supplied by rivers ranging from highly regulated to free flowing. The integration of management with science allows key indicators to be monitored that will inform management and promote increasingly informed decisions. The project involved a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and managers working on one of the more difficult challenges for Australia, exacerbated by increasing impacts of climate change on flows and inundation patterns.
User friendly illustrated field guide that offers comprehensive information on the wetland plants of the area. The useful guide was published by the Lower Burdekin Landcare Association in partnership with the Burdekin Shire Council, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) through the Queensland Wetlands Program, NQ Dry Tropics Regional Landcare Facilitator Program, Wilmar Sugar and the RPS Group Townsville.
A NSW Fisheries guideline. This document aims to minimise impacts on fish passage and general aquatic wildlife by providing practical guidelines to those involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of waterway crossings.
This report works towards a key objective of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan to reduce the amounts of nutrients and herbicides entering the Reef. It provides an up-to-date review and synthesis of current knowledge of groundwater transport of nutrients and herbicides to the Reef, from aquifers across the Wet Tropics, Lower Burdekin and Mackay–Whitsunday areas.
This handbook provides advice on the management of flooding within the floodplains and catchments of waterways.
It aims to provide advice to those with roles in understanding and managing flood risk and its consequences on the community. This may include emergency management practitioners, flood risk managers, land-use planners, engineers, hydrologists, infrastructure providers, and policy and decision makers, within government and the broader industry. It aims to inform national best practice, and State and Territory guidance.
The project was undertaken as part of the Queensland Wetlands Program – Phase 2. The project collected and collated data for 62 wetlands. The wetland sites were predominantly freshwater non-riverine wetlands with five riverine wetlands sampled opportunistically. The data was used to identify and classify areas of high conservation value.
Assists local governments in South East Queensland to manage waterbodies. The guideline was commissioned by Redland City Council and speaks to all departments and disciplines within local government involved in managing waterbodies.
Contains information and guidelines to help producers and extension officers manage Queensland’s wetlands in intensive agricultural production systems. Follows the Farm Management System approach to managing agricultural businesses
Covers such topics as nutrient, erosion and sediment management; spray-drift management; management for fisheries values; weed and pest animal management and constructed wetlands design
Queensland Wetland Definition and Delineation Guideline
Developed to assist wetland managers, landholders, local government and Natural Resource Management bodies to undertake effective wetland rehabilitation. Incorporates existing research and experience including works undertaken in Queensland
Although developed for the Great Barrier Reef area principles and ideas can be applied more broadly
The Inventory of Instream Structures demonstrates the impacts of structures which threaten the health of local fish populations that support important recreational and commercial fisheries and associated wetland functions. The guidelines and report feature a Response Action Plan (RAP) that nominates specific actions to protect wetland values.
Queensland Government Information Service provides a GIS layer of instream structures associated with the inventory reports and is downloadable by searching for "Queensland Fish Habitat Area Instream Structure Inventory Data" including the quotes.
Wetlands in Queensland have been classified into types. Conceptual models describe the current scientific understanding of the ecology and the components and processes that characterise these wetland types.
These models can be used to inform management and underpin research and monitoring.
The connectivity framework describes a process for systematically and transparently working through the connectivity of relevant functions of an aquatic ecosystem, and provides a way of understanding and applying connectivity at any level of spatial scale for any management outcome.
The 'Walking the landscape' framework integrates existing data with expert knowledge to develop a whole-of-system map linked to conceptual models showing how the environment functions. The method addresses one of the major criticisms of broadscale mapping—the lack of integration of knowledge from local experts into datasets used by decision makers.
This paper examines the triple bottom line (economic, social and environmental) factors that influence decision making with respect to urban stream rehabilitation and management and considers their relative value and importance.
Volume 1 Part A provides the technical information on which management recommendations are based. The information is provided to remind, update or prompt the professional land manager, adviser or government officer about the technical issues that need to be considered. Part B provides a review of legislation relating to riparian management in each State and Territory. Volume 2 contains the management strategies themselves. Each guideline can be used on its own by practitioners interested in particular objectives, but readers are encouraged to look at all the guidelines to see if additional objectives can be achieved.
Promotes the values of the wetlands in the catchments of the Great Barrier Reef. It recognises wetlands as part of the broader landscape connecting catchments to the Reef and promotes the wise management of wetlands as they are vital for protecting the world recognised values of the Great Barrier Reef. It encourages working in partnership with landowners to achieve the best outcomes as many wetlands are located on private property.
Ramsar fact sheets—a wetland of international importance
A series of fact sheets on Queensland’s Ramsar sites—wetlands of international significance. These fact sheets provide information on the individual sites, their location, and ecological and cultural values.
Provides advice to extension officers and land managers on the use of sediment basins to improve run-off water quality, specific to coastal agriculture in the wet/dry tropics region between central and Far North Queensland.
Provides advice to extension officers and land managers on the use of buffer strips to improve farm run-off water quality, specific to coastal agriculture in the wet/dry tropics region between central and Far North Queensland.
Provides advice to extension officers and land owners on the use of vegetated swales and drains to improve farm run-off water quality, specific to coastal agriculture in the wet/dry tropics region between central and Far North Queensland.
Provides advice to extension officers and land managers on planning and designing farm run-off treatment trains, specific to coastal agriculture in the wet/dry tropics region between central and Far North Queensland.
Provides advice to extension officers and land managers on the use of constructed (treatment) wetlands to improve farm run-off water quality, specific to coastal agriculture in the wet/dry tropics region between central and Far North Queensland.
Designed to provide information about the distribution, ecology, cultural values, conservation status, and threats to and management of particular wetland types and wetland regional ecosystems (REs) within Queensland.
Developed before the Queensland Wetlands Program existed so there are differences in the typology used to classify the wetlands e.g. floodplains are not considered wetlands under the Queensland Wetlands Program wetland definition, although are important to the function of some wetlands
Highlights the design elements required to help achieve water quality improvements when building these structures. The example used is from a local urban development in Mackay, but the information is also relevant to constructed wetlands in an agricultural setting to help improve water quality leaving the farm.
Shows how David and Dianne Hood have been managing their Kirkton property in the Burdekin catchment since 2004 to improve beef production and enhance local wetlands. New infrastructure has allowed them to better manage the herd, allowing wet season spelling and more effective weed control. This has led to improved land condition and better management of frontage country, with benefits to adjoining wetlands.
Describes how Tony and Mandy Jeppesen, and sons Ben and Sam, manage a cane farm in the Whitsunday region of North Queensland. The Jeppesen family have implemented changes across the farm to improve water quality and management over the past decade.
Shows how Burdekin cane farmer John Quagliata demonstrates how the rehabilitation of a wetland on his property will benefit his cane farming enterprise and also the quality of water entering the local waterway.
Shows the great work occurring at a natural wetland reserve located in the Pioneer Valley, west of Mackay. Weeds and water quality are targeted to manage in the area and all partners are working together to help improve the situation at de Moleyns Lagoon and its catchment area.
Conceptual model case studies for selected wetlands in Queensland. Site-specific information and science on a wide variety of wetland issues. Informs and supports management. The technique used for developing the conceptual models can be implemented by local wetland managers anywhere in Queensland.
22 case studies based on the Great Barrier Reef Coastal Wetlands Protection Program Pilot Program commissioned by the Australian Government to deliver on-ground actions for the sustainable management of priority wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
Boosting the capacity to optimise ground cover and grazing business outcomes by subdividing paddocks into many smaller units, each served by off-stream watering points. Environmental benefits include reduced soil erosion and improved condition of the riparian zone.
Complementary strategies to manage water and animals in grazing enterprise. By increasing control of flowing water and livestock habits, benefits have occurred for sustainable production, biodiversity and the condition of riverine and other wetland systems.