Tin Can Bay P-10 School Wetlands Conservation Area Management Project 2010

Funded by DERM Qld Landcare Grants 2010 The project will:

  • Control invasive Class 2 & WONS groundsel; Class 3 & WONS lantana; Class 3 singapore daisy & environmental weeds andmaintain a buffer area to the wetland, thereby enhancing the conservation of adjoining Ramsar wetland
  • Engage the school and community volunteers in environmental restoration and natural resource management
  • Promote the role of catchment management and wetlands within schools
  • Provide opportunities for community capacity building and knowledge sharing in particular with respect to local fauna and flora, wetland conservation and Ramsar wetlands and priority/environmental weeds.

Tin Can Bay P-10 School Wetlands Conservation Area is an intact palastrine melaleuca and coastal sedge wetland system adjacent to Snapper Creek in the Great Sandy Strait- a Ramsar Wetland. The wetland area is threatened from the effects of adjacent land disturbance. A wetlands vegetation buffer from the school oval was initiated in 2007 & extended in 2008-09; molasses grass control trials and a wetland education facility feasibility study were completed in a previous BMRG Healthy Habitat funded project (2009). The complete wetland area was burned in August 2010 which has made the area easily accessible for accurate weed mapping and control. Cooloola Coastcare has identified the need to accurately record the extent and species of weeds and control weed invasion over the summer-autumn; especially during a forecast La Nina cycle.

Weed plume in TCB school wetlands below the oval

Wallum Rocket Frog

Michael demonstrates planting methods to students for erosion control