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Whitsunday water resource planning area

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Whitsunday water resource planning area wetland area by system 2013
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 206.1 100.0% 10.0%
Artificial and highly modified 39.4 19.1% 1.9%
Estuarine 61.4 29.8% 3.0%
Lacustrine 2.2 1.1% 0.1%
Palustrine 66.4 32.2% 3.2%
Riverine 36.8 17.8% 1.8%

There are approximately 202 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Whitsunday water resource planning area wetland area by habitat 2013
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 206.1 100.0% 10.0%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 48.3 23.4% 2.4%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 13.0 6.3% 0.6%
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 3.0 1.5% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 10.4 5.1% 0.5%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 53.0 25.7% 2.6%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 2.2 1.1% 0.1%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 39.2 19.0% 1.9%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.2 0.1% 0.0%
Riverine 36.8 17.8% 1.8%

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

Whitsunday water resource planning area wetland extent change by system
System 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2013/pre-clear
percentage
Total 206.1 206.1 205.9 205.2 106.5%
Artificial and highly modified 39.4 39.3 39.0 38.4 n/a
Estuarine 61.4 61.4 61.4 61.4 98.3%
Lacustrine 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 n/a
Palustrine 66.4 66.4 66.4 66.4 82.9%
Riverine 36.8 36.8 36.8 36.9 82.6%
Whitsunday water resource planning area wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 206.1 206.1 205.9 205.2
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 48.3 48.3 48.3 48.3
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 10.4 10.4 10.4 10.4
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 53.0 53.0 53.0 53.0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 39.2 39.1 38.8 38.2
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Riverine 36.8 36.8 36.8 36.9

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 1751 215 227 50 1966
Animals 536 15 119 28 551
Mammals 77 8 8 10 85
Birds 308 4 71 9 312
Reptiles 84 1 8 4 85
Amphibians 29 1 15 4 30
Ray-finned fishes 14 1 15 0 15
Cartilaginous fishes 2 0 2 1 2
Insects 21 0 0 0 21
Malacostracans 1 0 0 0 1
Fungi 25 0 0 0 25
Plants 1180 200 108 22 1380
Protists 10 0 0 0 10

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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Whitsunday water resource planning area — facts and maps, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 13 April 2017, <https://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/water-resource-planning-area-whitsunday/>.

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