Conway Beach conservation efforts off to a flying start

Aug 26, 2015 | ,
Treated prickly pear and revegetation in a degraded open patch in Conway Reserve.
Treated prickly pear and revegetation in a degraded open patch in Conway Reserve.

The Conway Beach Reserve has been a hive of activity lately with an area of 80 hectares targeted for conservation works.

The foredunes were infested with weeds including lantana, para grass, singapore daisy, prickly pear and yucca.

As part of the initial weed control activity, more than 300kg of Yucca sp. has been removed by hand.

The Reserve includes a critically endangered Beach Scrub ecosystem, which provides habitat for various listed species including the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), rusty monitor (Varanus semiremex) and coastal sheathtail bat (Taphozous australis). Beach Scrub is also known to be habitat for vulnerable species including the beach stone curlew (Esacus magnirostris) and the false water rat (Xeromys myoides).

With valuable seagrass meadows offshore, Conway Beach is additionally an important site for marine turtles and is known to be a shorebird roost site.

Conservation works in Conway Reserve were undertaken by Whitsunday Catchment Landcare for Reef Catchments – the Natural Resource Management Group for the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region.

This project is a Reef Catchments initiative, through funding from the Australian Government National Landcare Programme (Looking After Local Landscapes).