Mungalla – a case study of wetland restoration on Indigenous land

Mungalla – a case study of wetland restoration on Indigenous land Conference Paper

17th Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference

  • Author(s): D.M. Nicholas, Jacob Cassady, Anthony C Grice
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society

Abstract: North Queensland coastal wetlands have been severely degraded by the Weeds of National Significance (WoNS), Hymenachne amplexicaulis (Olive hymenachne) with lesser impacts by Salvinia molesta (Salvinia), and Eichhornia crassipes (Water hyacinth). Working with traditional owners, we are seeking to remediate a degraded wetland by improving the biodiversity of native plant and animal species, and improving water quality and the amenity value to the local community. Mungalla Stud is a coastal cattle property east of Ingham in north Queensland. It incorporates coastal wetlands, grazing land and a coastal dune complex. The property abuts the Halifax Bay National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon. The property was purchased by the Nywaigi Traditional Owners in 2000. A management structure was created to run and manage the businesses associated with the property where by the land is owned by the Nywaigi Aboriginal Land Corporation and operated by the Mungalla Corporation for Business. A concerted effort has been undertaken by the Nywaigi Traditional Owners to improve wetland habitats. They have partnered with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences to undertake a range of activities to remediate the wetland to improve the function, hydrology and amenity value of the property. This has included aerial and ground based applications of herbicides, the strategic use of fire and revegetation of creek lines. This paper outlines the progress of the rehabilitation work undertaken by the Nywaigi traditional owners in collaboration with CSIRO and highlights the expectation that eradication of wetland weed infestations are difficult to achieve but control over large areas of weed infestations is possible.

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D.M. Nicholas, Jacob Cassady, Anthony C Grice, 2012, Mungalla – a case study of wetland restoration on Indigenous land, Conference Paper, viewed 15 August 2022,

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