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This project is supported by The Central Qld Coast Landcare Network through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country

Caring for our Country

Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group is supported by Mackay Regional Council through the Natural Environment Levy and Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday Isaac) Limited.

Reef Catchments Mackay Regional Council

Community Caring for Critical Coastal Habitat– Sandfly Creek Environmental Reserve Rehabilitation Project (2009 - 2012)

Main proponent:     Conservation Volunteer Australia
Cash funding:   Rio Tinto's Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund
Other proponents:   Mackay Regional Council, Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group, Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Wader Studies Group, MacBOCA, Society for Growing Australian Plants, Mackay Conservation Group.
In kind funding:   Mackay Regional Council, Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group, Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Project outline:

This project will engage Mackay community and visitors in implementing the Sandfly Creek Environmental Reserve Management Plan being developed for Mackay Regional Council.
The Reserve has high conservation values, providing habitat for many important shorebird species.

A path has been built through Sandfly Creek Reserve as part of Mackay’s Bluewater Trail. Trees will be planted to revegetate degraded areas and provide screening, minimising shorebird disturbance. Interpretive signs will be installed to educate trail users about shorebirds and the area’s environmental values. A program to control invasive weeds & maximise natural regeneration of native species will be undertaken.

Direct participation in this project is expected from a minimum of 500 local community members & school children over the three years, with on-going benefits for present and future users of the Reserve unquantifiable.

The specific objectives of PCL's contribution to this project are to:-
- Increase the awareness level of

Project achievements and outcomes:

Over 150 schools students learnt about the natural assets at Sandfly Creek. Students developed a sound understanding of the following:

  • Basic identification skills of shorebirds that visit the region;
  • An understanding of shorebird ecology including migrants versus residents, lifecycles, feeding and habitat requirements;
  • Understanding of the value shorebirds provide to the natural environment and the Mackay community;
  • Older student discussed concepts of managment of shorebird habitat;
  • Discussed how locals can protect Sandfly Creek and its shorebirds.


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Over 25,000 migratory shorebirds visit the Mackay region each year.

Students learning to identify the shorebirds found at Sandfly Creek.

The Mackay region is an Internationally significant site for shorebirds.