Lynd crossing looking a bit dodgy



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

Abattoir Swamp

Catch-UP: April 2022


We've taken a deep dive into the story of Abattoir Swamp this edition, bringing you up to speed on the history, vision, and current happenings related to this important bit of remnant habitat high in the catchment, on the Hunter Creek and Rifle Creek drainages.

lagoon in the dry

2021 Annual General Meeting


Our 2021 AGM will be held on
Thursday 21 October @ 11:00
Mount Molloy - Old Fire Brigade Shed
(next door to the CWA Hall)

AGM, a brief General Meeting, and light lunch to follow.

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AS Mgt Committee

Management Committee takes shape at Abattoir Swamp


An eager group of volunteers converged on Abattoir Swamp on Sunday 27 June 2021 to mark the start of Mitchell River's management of the wetland.

sentinel network

Sentinel Network brochure released at FNQ Field Days


Mitchell River have produced an awareness-raising brochure that features a map of the Amazon Frogbit Sentinel Network.

Conference at Gooseberry

WBCF Project visit: Late Dry 2020


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


- 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


- 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


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


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


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

Special projects

Abattoir Swamp     Sentinel network