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: Petersen Creek

Petersen Creek Restoration

Location: Petersen Creek Magnetic Island

Organisation: Geoffrey Bay Coastcare

Project Summary:

Petersen Creek flows through Magnetic Island residential areas of Arcadia into Geoffrey Bay. Geoffrey Bay supports seagrass beds and coral reef and is a Marine National Park. Downstream from Hayles Avenue, most of Petersen Creek is on public land. The creek vegetation is increasingly dominated by environmental weeds. The project will engage the community in replacement of environmental weeds with native vegetation. This will improve habitat, corridors, bank stability, beach sand supply and water quality in the GBR World Heritage Area.

Completed actions and events:

•    Activities:
•    Prepare weed management and revegetation plan – February/March 2012
•    Local native plant propagation – March/June 2012
•    Identification of native plants and weeds – March 2012
•    Prepare project information sheet and letterbox drop to local residents – July 2012
•    *Weed management including cut stump and shredding of materials for on-site mulching– July/August 2012
•    Community revegetation (10 trees) – July 2012
•    Revegetation maintenance including follow up weed control and watering – July/ September 2012
•    Community tree planting, weeding* and infill revegetation amongst native vegetation including at Alma Bay creek (50 trees) - October 2012
•    Planting maintenance e.g. watering – October/December 2012
•    Planning for future activities – January 2013
•    Progress report received - 12 August 2012
•    Project variation approved for Alma Bay creek works - 24 September 2012

*Weed control included: Yellow oleander (Cascabela thevetia was Thevetia peruviana WWDT p.84), Japanese Sunflower, Mother-in-law Tongue, Leucaena, Sisal Hemp, Singapore Daisy, triffids, Poinciana, Tamarind and Coral Vine.