RESTORING THE BARRON DELTA

 

The Barron Delta Community Project is a Green Corridor project aimed at supporting community groups in the Barron Delta area to engage more actively in environmental activities, including rehabilitation, revegetation and environmental education. The project involves several community groups in the Barron Delta as well as the local Traditional Owners, Conservation Volunteers Australia, local schools and other key environmental stakeholders.

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Project Aims

 

The two main aims of the Barron Delta Community Project are:

  1. To increase the level of community involvement in caring for the delta environment.

  2. To increase the native habitat of the delta, and improve the condition and connectivity of habitats and landscape over 35 hectares of the delta. This will make the delta more resilient to current and future threats such as sea level rise, storm surges and more intense cyclones.

 

Project Partners

 

Funded by:

  • The Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Program

  • Cairns Airport Ltd.

Key partners: 

  • Cairns Regional Council

  • Tablelands Regional Council

  • Conservation Volunteers Australia 

Key community groups:

  • Friends of Redden Island

  • Yorkeys Knob Residents Association

  • Stratford and Freshwater Community Association

  • Machans Beach Community Association

  • Holloways Beach Residents Association

  • Yirrganydji Traditional Owners

  • Treeforce

  • Conservation Volunteers Australia

  • Local schools and environment centres.

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The natural Barron Delta environment

 

The Barron Delta covers an area in a triangle from Kamerunga at the foot of the range, to the coastline between Yorkeys Knob in the north, and Ellie Point to the south. On the coastal plain, the Barron River meanders across the delta to meet the sea at its estuary 15 kilometres north of Cairns. The branch of Thomatis Creek snakes across the delta in a north-easterly direction towards the coast between Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

 

The ‘modern’ Barron River is approximately 6000 years old. It has changed its course on the coastal plain several times during this period and is likely to change in the future.

 

For such a small area, the vegetation of the Barron Delta is very diverse, with precious remnants of littoral rainforest, paperbark forests, wetlands, saltpans, mangroves and dunes. The area is critical for fish breeding and includes declared Fish Habitat Areas and State Marine Park, which extend into the intertidal zone.


Threats to the Barron Delta

 

The fragile coastal habitat of the Barron Delta faces a number of issues:

  • Fragmentation from extensive agricultural and urban clearing, leaving vulnerable isolated remnants

  • Degraded habitat subject to the impacts of weeds, domestic animals, and rubbish dumping

  • Increased fire threat from invasion of exotic grasses. Fires degrade the habitat further, promoting weed growth and preventing natural regeneration

  • Vulnerability to impacts of climate change, such as storm surges, sea level rise and temperature increases.

 

Supporting an active community

 

Several community groups on the Barron Delta have been working on local environmental projects over the years and are now keen to include new residents in Barron Delta Community Project activities. The Barron Delta program encourages all active community groups to work together for better overall results for the delta environment and its residents. 


Protecting cultural values

 

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Barron Catchment Care is working closely with the local Yirrganydji Traditional Owners to ensure that the Barron Delta project is conducted in a way that is sensitive to cultural values, and that Traditional Owners of the land are actively involved in site planning, community awareness activities and developing cultural signage.


 

Holloways Beach Residents Association has a long-standing partnership with the Yirrganydji Traditional Owners and can guide other groups in establishing similar partnerships. The involvement of the Traditional Owners in community events offers the community the chance to learn about the cultural significance of the area. 

 

Healthy environment , healthy community 

 

The Barron Delta Community Project means:

  • more extensive natural  environment  and connected wildlife habitat

  • more opportunities for safe community activities, fishing, recreation and learning

  • less risk of erosion during natural flooding

  • greater resilience to the potential effects of climate change.

 

Where is it all happening?

 

The project covers multiple sites within the Barron Delta, chosen specifically to improve the condition and connectivity of native habitat, and to increase the resilience of the flood-prone area to the impacts of climate change.

 

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Community action!

 

Regular weekend activities include:

  • - planting and maintaining native trees

  • - removing weeds

  • - clearing litter and rubbish

  • - creating new walking tracks

  • - caring for cultural sites

  • - installing interpretive signs

  • - learning about the local environment.

 

Useful indoor jobs:

- baking for hungry volunteers

- communications activities to help spread the word

How to get involved

 

Everyone can be part of the Barron Delta Community Project.

 

To find out how, when and where, contact the Barron Delta Community Project Coordinator.

 

Project Coordinator: 
Sylvia Conway
Mob: 0407 166 234  

sylviac@terrain.org.au               

 

Barron Catchment Care Coordinator:
Evizel Seymour
Mob: 0437 635 043 

evizels@terrain.org.au


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