|Yandina Creek Wetland this week looking towards Mt Coolum|
During an inspection yesterday, not a single waterbird was present. As has been documented, the wetland was drained last July so the area could be redeveloped as sugar cane plantation when broken floodgates were replaced, preventing the daily flow of tidal water to the wetland. Following national publicity surrounding the fate of the area, state authorities intervened. The wetland began refilling last September when the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries moved to protect mangroves and other protected plants, with the cane farmer lessees agreeing under pressure to open a floodgate.
|Tall grass now covers shorebird habitat of mudflats and small pools|
|Dead native vegetation on the site|
The government and council have both indicated a preparedness to contribute funds for the acquisition of the two adjoining properties that comprise the wetland. Negotiations are presently underway with interested parties to facilitate an arrangement which hopefully will protect the main features of the wetland.
|Yandina Creek Wetland looking towards Mt Ninderry this week|
|Latham's Snipe in Yandina Creek Wetland last year|
|Map of Yandina Creek Wetlands|