A combined Townsville Council, State Government, Commonwealth and
community based initiative to maintain and enhance our waterways in the
coastal dry tropics.

Increasing Community Engagement in Townsville Coastal Catchments for Biodiversity Project
Funded by the Australian Government's Caring for our Country program.

2011 Sub Projects

Activities and Events

Bluewater Creek | Bohle Northshore | Bohle Riparian | Bohle Wetland | Clemant Wetlands | Cocoa Creek | Community Nurseries | Creekwatch | Cungulla Foreshore | Cungulla Wetland | GBR Habitat | Geoffrey and Alma Bay | Horseshoe Bay Habitat | Horseshoe Bay School | M.I. Weed Awareness | Mundy Creek | Nelly Bay Catchment | Nelly Bay Turtle | Northern Beaches | Oak Valley Finch | Paluma Catchment | Petersen Creek | Rainforest Birds Book | Ross River | Rowes Bay Foreshore | Rowes Bay Wetlands | Saunders Beach | Toomulla Foreshore | Town Common Bike TrailTown Common Concept | Town Common Volunteers | Townsville Planning Scheme

Short Title: Horseshoe Bay Habitat

Horseshoe Bay Catchment and Habitat Management

Location: Horseshoe Bay catchments

Organisation: Creek to Coral

Project Summary:

Horseshoe Bay features a narrow coastal zone that supports a series of well-defined habitats, ecosystems and wetlands of high quality that is unique to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. In a 2km north / south traverse to the bay, the array of geomorphological formations and supported habitats represents a more traditional 20 - 30km transect of the seasonally arid coastal zones of North Queensland.

The Horseshoe Bay Coastal Wetlands are unique to the bioregion being part of a largely piedmont sand deposit eroded off granitic hills on an island (Magnetic Island). There are also some very distinctive beach ridges and vegetated older hind dunes in Horseshoe Bay. Colluvium and alluvium deposits extend behind the beach ridges back to steep hill slopes.

The Horseshoe Bay coastal wetland agglomeration is under pressure from accelerated development and associated changes to the wetland catchment area. It is time to develop a catchment strategy that will serve to maintain the natural values of Horseshoe Bay while enabling the protection and management of the wetlands that are such an important natural feature of the catchment.

Completed actions and events:

•    Initial reconnaissance of Endeavour Creek and western foreshore – 26 June 2011

•    Turtle Hospital preliminary collation of tenure information for TCC Committee Report using previous NRS application and Aurecon mapping - July 2012

•    Review available literature/reports - August 2012

•    Site reconnaissance and assessment - 23 October 2012

•    Draft management plan – October 2012

•    Reconnaissance with CVA and commence site works in MU1 (west end of Lot 214) and MU2 (CVA and EE) - 30 October 2012 (1/2 day)

•    Site works continued in MU1 and MU2/3 (CVA) - 2 November 2012

•    Site works on the first section of the track going west from the old STP and MU1 (CVA and EE) - 12 December 2012 (1/2 day)

•    Site works on MU1 (CVA) - 14 December 2012 (1/2 day)

•    Follow up weed control MU1 to MU3 – 13 and 15 March 2013