Field Trips

Field Tour Name Assessment, design and construction of fish passage requirements in North Queensland
Date Tuesday 29th July
Time 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Tour leader Paul Duncanson - NQDT
Tour Description

The tour will depart the Conference venue and visit 4 sites to view alternate forms of constructed fish passage within the Burdekin area (include University Creek).

The Tour will explore fish species and their life cycle in north Queensland.  We will meet with fish ecologists and engineers involved in the North Queensland Dry Tropics Fish Passage Project to discuss challenges impacting on the analysis, design and construction of fish passage in the region.


Field Tour Name Management challenges facing a high value riverine and wetland conservation corridor on a floodplain intensively developed for irrigated agriculture
Date  Tuesday 29th July
Time 1.00pm to 5.00pm 
Tour leader Jim Tait 
Damien Burrows 
Tour Description

The Burdekin – Haughton Water Supply Scheme (BHWSS) is one of Australia’s younger major (~50 000 ha) irrigation developments completed in the late 1990’s. The BHWSS is located in the Barratta Creek catchment which is renowned for its outstanding wetland values including three wetlands listed in the Directory of Nationally Important Wetlands in Australia (DIWA) and the Ramsar listed Cape Bowling Green Bay coastal Wetland Aggregation. During the development of the BHWSS thousands of hectares of remnant floodplain habitat and connected riverine corridors were set aside for conservation purposes, a relatively unique outcome in Australian irrigation developments. Landscape scale changes in surface and groundwater hydrology, nutrient and sediment loading and associated infestations of aquatic weeds present ongoing management issues for the maintenance of the habitat values associated with these remnant floodplain habitats.

The tour will visit a selection of riverine and wetland sites within the Barratta Creek catchment to highlight the outstanding ecological values of the system and the range of ecological management issues that have emerged since scheme inception and some of the management responses that have been implemented by local stakeholders.

Management issues that will be examined include: elevated groundwater, altered flow and wetland hydrology, surface drainage systems, tailwater contaminants and recycling, controlled grazing based management of aquatic weeds, weed harvesting operations, fire regime management, habitat corridor connectivity and land tenure / governance of conservation areas.


Magnetic Island Eco-catchment and Tropical Island Stream and Wetlands Management Tour (Advanced Ecotourism Certification)

Tuesday 29th July - 12.30-5.00 pm (and return 4.25pm ferry for 5.00pm).

Maximum 15 seats avail.

Tour lead by staff from Townsville City Council (TCC) - Integrated Sustainability Services Dept with expertise and applied tropical catchment management engaged in active management of tropical streams and rivers in urban and rural environments (Townsville Local Government Area is 4000 sq km).

Meet at SeaLink Ferry Terminal, depart 12.55pm on passenger ferry for 25 min ferry ride across Cleveland Bay enjoying view and learning about our Creek to Coral Catchment program and Townsville Water Quality Improvement Plan (TWQIP).

Arriving at the island for a quick three hours learnscape tour of Council and community based stream, waterways and wetlands management from Nelly Bay (Gustav Creek and Habitat Interpretative Facility) to Alma Bay and Horseshoe Bay Wetlands (freshwater, saline and marine); turtle farm/mangroves; 100kw Solar Farm, effluent irrigation and associated public access Wastewater treatment site - STP.

On departing Magnetic Island at 4.30pm you will have learnt about management of coastal streams, harbour and catchment management in tropical islands with urbanisation, fringing coral reefs and being part of internationally listed World Heritage as an island of Great Barrier Reef and suburb of Townsville.

Magnetic Island Subcatchment – Townsville Water Quality Improvement Plan

Townsville (Black/Ross) Water Quality Improvement Plan (TWQIP)  

Creek to Coral - Townsville Healthy Waterways Partnership