The project involves the creation of a naturalised waterway and two adjacent wetlands connecting lagoons creek to pioneer river and the GBR lagoon . Stage two includes (Upstream) extension of the creek corridor to the botanic garden wetland and installation of two wetlands and three fishways.

The project will address issues through the establishment of a vegetation corridor, rock placement, installation of large woody debris (habitat) and in-stream vegetation. Creation of two wetlands and the installation of instream plants provides the retention time required by ‘biofilms’ to grow and treat pollutants. Water quality (and habitat) is key to promoting a healthy instream environment survival and health of diverse aquatic fauna and the flora on which they feed.

This project will reinstate habitat and establish a strong, healthy ecosystem – that means more fish, birds and fauna in our beautiful botanic gardens moving forward. Activity will facilitate a vital connection between saltwater and freshwater environments.

Monitoring Organisation Reef Catchments

Name Stef Wabnik



Position in organisation Coordinator

Activity Type waterway projects (e.g. fish ladder installation, aquatic weed removal)

Activity Indicators water quality in freshwater river basins

Activity location Pioneer catchment

Frequency of monitoring

Monitoring Start Date 01/01/2015

Location of monitoring data

Date quality / confidence

Website URL

Collaborators Reef Catchments is working closely with Mackay Regional Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads on this major project. Co-funding has been provided through the Australian Government Reef Programme. A big thanks also to Catchment Solutions, who provided the technical input for the design of the fishways, wetlands and in-stream habitat features.

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