Queensland Government (DPI&F) M. Porter Jnr
Queensland Wetlands Program
On-ground work, Planning
Case study type
Queensland Wetlands Program (QWP) management case study
Burnside is a cane and cattle farm at Ingham on the Herbert River at the southern end of the Wet Tropics region. Low-lying boggy areas were transformed/rehabilitated into the Jabiru Wetlands. The on-ground works undertaken to create the wetlands involved planting thousands of trees across the property. Contour and soil mapping was also done to describe flow paths and assess feasibility of wetland rehabilitation.
The wetland was designed to provide long hydraulic residence times to ensure sediments and nutrients are deposited out before flowing into the nearby creek. The design also includes habitat sites such as logs to provide a source of carbon to fuel wetland processes as well as habitat for aquatic species.
The success of re-vegetation work depends on follow up maintenance. While an ongoing responsibility it does benefit business because of improved farm profitability.
Last updated: 26 November 2014
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Cane production, WetlandInfo 2014, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 13 April 2017, .