Community invited to discover amazing biodiversity of Kinka Wetlands

Published: 12/05/2014

The amazing flora and fauna of the Kinka Wetlands Reserve near Yeppoon are the backdrop for a community day on 18 May 2014 to celebrate the local environment and its importance to the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

The event is being run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Livingstone Shire Council, local author Alan Briggs, Fitzroy River Coastal Catchments Inc, Envirolink and Birdlife Capricornia.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s southern region liaison manager Julie Cook said the community day provided a chance for local residents to experience the wetlands’ incredible richness of biodiversity.

“Kinka Wetlands play an important role in the health of the local waterways that feed into the Great Barrier Reef —wetlands filter the water that flows from the land to the ocean,” she said.

“The wetlands are a great example of the variety of local wildlife that choose to make the area their home, and we’re using this community day to celebrate these great natural areas and their importance to the Reef.”

During the day, visitors can take part in a range of activities including guided bird watching sessions and tree plantings.

Author of the Birds of the Capricorn Coast guide Alan Briggs said the Kinka Wetlands were significant for birds, plants and animals, with the ocean and freshwater nearby made it suitable for a wide variety of flora and fauna.

“It’s a magical place of diversity — shorebirds from the northern hemisphere call in on their annual migration, brolga perform their spectacular courting dance, and barramundi swim through the fish runs to spawn,” he said.

“There are also frogs in the shallow freshwater between sedges, salt tolerant couch grass is abundant and tall reed beds filter sediment during flood times.

“The wetlands provide food, a place to breed and a place to live for so many of our wildlife — it’s a gem that Capricorn Coast residents should treasure and preserve because wetlands of this quality are both rare and disappearing.”

Visitors to the wetlands can also provide feedback to the local Reef Guardians Livingstone Shire Council which is keen to hear residents’ views on a revision of a draft land management strategy for the area.

The community day is being held on Sunday 18 May from 9am to 11:30am. For more information on the event, contact Julie Cook 0447 656 805.

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