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Funding for Red-throated Finch and Arriga Plains Water and Soil testing

Mitchell River was successful in securing two grants through the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group's 2017 Community Small Grants Program. The projects will help conserve habitat for the endangered White-bellied Crimson Finch near Kowanyama, and advance water and soil quality testing in the Arriga Plains district of the Mareeba-Dimbulah Irrigation Area.



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

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