Lynd crossing looking a bit dodgy

Welcome.

Overview

The Mitchell River Watershed Management Group was formed after a conference on watershed management hosted by the Kowanyama Aboriginal community in 1990. Since then it has grown into an independent, not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with local communities and stakeholders towards:

  • A balanced approach to the use of the catchment resources; and
  • sustainable and integrated management of the Mitchell River catchment area.

The catchment has an area of 72,000 square kilometres (larger than Tasmania) from above the Coral Sea to the Gulf of Carpentaria across four very diverse bioregions from the Wet Tropics to the Gulf Plains.

Map of the Mitchell River Watershed

Our watershed is comprised of five main river catchments: the Lynd, the Walsh, the Mitchell, the Palmer, and the Alice.

Latest News

Conference at Gooseberry

WBCF Project visit: Late Dry 2020

2020-09-07

Our project team managed to get to Kowanyama over the first week of September, nearly a year after our initial meeting and before the COVID19 travel restrictions came into place.

Catch-UP: November 2019

2019-11-24

Highlights:
- Kowanyama Finch project gets the green light
- Looking back on the Mitchell to look forward
- Forty Mile Scrub fire causes concerns
- Regional Landcare Directors elected

Catch-UP: July 2019

2019-07-10

Highlights:
- Palmer River still an option for Lakeland farmers
- New catchment signage on the go: clan names recognised
- Streambank erosion: understanding the difference
- Property-specific Action Plans underway
- Siam weed breakout spurs funding call

Climate Week Dinner a success in Mount Molloy

2019-06-14

Over 30 locals enjoyed a feast, a chat, and some reflections on the challenge of climate change in Mount Molloy.

Palmer Dam proposal gains traction but faces a slippery slope

2019-05-06

According to a recent media release from David Kempton, Chair of the RDA-FNQTS, the prospect of a major dam on the upper Palmer River has taken a step closer to reality.

Mutchilba General Meeting: Reports around the region

2018-11-03

The Nov 2018 General Meeting in Mutchilba was a great opportunity to catch up with projects around the region.

2018 Committee elected

2018-11-03

The 2018 Mitchell River AGM was held at Mutchilba on 01 Nov for the presentation of reports, retirement of long-serving Chair Ian Adcock, and election of new Committee.

paddock walk

Catch-UP: May 2018

2018-05-14

In this issue....

  • New guidelines give hope for managing the Mitchell’s finches
  • Tilapia once again threaten the Walsh
  • Mitchell River Water planning on the table
  • Lakeland Irrigation Scheme floated with funding
  • Fire management on Brooklyn Station: the sense behind the smoke

 

2017 AGM: New Committee elected

2017-11-15

Welcome to the new management committee with a steady hand at the helm and some new veterans returning.

paddock walk

Catch-UP: August 2017

2017-07-18

The latest edition of the Catch-UP newsletter is now available in print or online. Check out the stories and download the full edition now!


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