Watergum Projects

Watergum works with other organisations in the delivery of projects that benefit the environment, many of whom are Watergum member groups. Read about all of projects, past and present, below.

Current Projects

Pink Underwing Moth

Project Completion: Mar 2022

Funds: $96,367 ex GST from Australian Government – Department of Agriculture, Water & Environment

Project details:

A Watergum project in partnership with Healthy Land and Water. This project – The Recovery of the Pink Underwing Moth) entails the assessment of Carronia Vine and Pink Underwing Moth larval populations, removal of transformer weeds, and work to regenerate fire affected rainforest at Binna Burra.

Quoll Research

Project Completion: Nov 2021

Funds: $14,427 ex GST from State Government’s Department of Environment and Science fund

Project details:

A member group project by Quolls SA and sponsored by Watergum. An effort to capture evidence of quoll populations in the SE QLD region using baited camera stations. Although there are a number of verbal sighting reports, Quolls have not been photographed and confirmed in some areas for over 30 years.

Shorebird Habitat Restoration

Project Completion: June 2023

Funds: $57,500 ex GST from Healthy Land and Water

Project details:

A collaboration between Watergum and Healthy Land and Water. Restoration of Brown and Curlew Islands by weed removal and plantings. Curlew island is the most Southern roosting and feeding site for listed migratory shorebirds in Southern Moreton Bay and is of great significance to many species.

Coombabah Wetlands Restoration

Project Completion: June 2023

Funds: $52,500 ex GST from Australian Government – National Landcare Program

Project details:

This project is managed by Watergum for Healthy Land & Water through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. The Coombabah Wetlands are an integral component of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland. The project site is adjacent to feeding and roosting sites for internationally and nationally listed wading birds. This project will focus on the removal of weeds in order to improve the ecological function of this important habitat.

Subtropical Lowland Rainforest Restoration

Project Completion: Sep 2022

Funds: S68,550 ex GST from the Queensland Government’s CSA fund

Project details:

A member group project by Austinville Valley Landcare, sponsored by Watergum. Regeneration works to restore one of the last remaining degraded areas in the Austinville rainforest catchment. Restore important habitat for the 12 threatened flora species and 5 threatened fauna species, and others, that live in the area.

Quoll Girraween National Park Project

Project Completion: Nov 2022

Funds: S37,760 ex GST from the Queensland Government’s CSA fund

Project details:

After locating a healthy population of quolls at Girraween National Park near Stanthorpe, QuollSA has secured funding to live trap and GPS track quolls in the Granite Belt. The project will study the movement patterns, habitat preferences and home ranges of quolls, as well as looking at the reasons why quolls have been able to survive in this part of Queensland, but have disappeared from other areas that should support the species.

Crane Creek rainforest

Project Completion: June 2021

Funds: S8,000 ex GST from the City of Gold Coast -Catchment Management Unit

Project details:

A member group project by Nerang River Keepers , sponsored by Watergum. This project works on establishing a rainforest section as part of the Great Walk at Country Paradise Parklands. It also serves to mitigate river bank erosion.

Austinville Valley Road Project

Project Completion: June 2021

Funds: S10,000 ex GST from the Federal Government’s CEP fund

Project details:

A member group project by Austinville Valley Landcare, sponsored by Watergum.

Linking Springbrook and Lamington National Parks

Project Completion: June 2021

Funds: $19,535 ex GST from Landcare Australia and WIRES

A member group project by Numinbah Valley Environmental Education Centre P&C, sponsored by Watergum. Carry out important regeneration, environmental monitoring and habitat repair works in the Numinbah Valley region. Currently overrun with weeds, this work will re-establish the rainforest link between two ecologically significant sections of rainforest on National Heritage land that are home to a number of rare and endangered species.

Completed Projects

ProjectDescriptionFunderManaged by Funding $ (‘000)Inkind $(‘000)Total $(‘000)Completion
Koala Fodder FarmEstablish a Koala Fodder Farm for overnight koalas in
care at Country Paradise Parklands
Landcare AustraliaWatergum, Wildcare, Koalas on the Green and NCPA14620November 2020
Youth Ambassador project Giving youth ambassadors the opportunity to organise beach cleans on South Stradbroke IslandCity of Gold CoastWildMob16420June 2020
Crane Creek Restoration projectRestore and revegetate Crane creek at Country Paradise Parklands through community involvementCity of Gold CoastNerang River Keepers82331June 2020
Burleigh Head National Park RestorationPurchase of new tools for the local landcare group that looks after Burleigh Head National ParkQld Community Benefit Gambling Fund Friends of Burleigh Head National Park314January 2020
Back Creek Restoration ProjectRiparian restoration work and revegetation of Back Creek in BeechmontHealthy Land and WaterWatergum55560June 2019
Springbook National Park Restoration Project – Austinville SectionRiparian restoration along 4km creek within Springbrook National Park in Upper Austinville enhancing critically endangered subtropical Rainforest.Healthy Land and WaterAustinville Landcare44347June 2019
Restoration of Shorebird habitat on Curlew and Brown IslandEcological restoration and revegetation of Curlew Island and Brown Island to assist migratory shorebird populations.Healthy Land and WaterWatergum28230June 2019
Upper Cave Creek RestorationEcological restoration on 4 private properties in Upper Cave Creek, Numinbah Valley.Healthy Land and WaterWatergum221840June 2019
Tacklebin expansion on the Gold CoastInstall new tacklebins at popular fishing spots on the Gold CoastCity of Gold CoastTacklebin71219June 2019
Gold Coast Migratory Shorebird Habitat RestorationTo improve the condition of 5 migratory shorebird habitats on the Gold CoastHealthy Land and WaterWatergum55560June 2018
Austinville Road Protection ProjectTree planting and barrier fencing carried out by Austinville Landcare to protect areas from human impact to complement the HLW Austinville Road Project.Healthy Land and WaterAustinville Landcare1007107June 2018
Stewart Farm Demonstration ProjectDemonstration project showing the local community the benefits of restoration.Qld Community Benefit Gambling FundWatergum9716September 2017
Carricks Creek Riparian RestorationRiparian restoration work of Carricks CreekHealthy Land and WaterSpringbrook Wildlife Appreciation Group15116June 2017
Austinville Road Project Riparian restoration along 3km of road and creek in Upper Austinville enhancing critically endangered subtropical RainforestHealthy Land and WaterAustinville Landcare501060June 2017
Nature Conservation Assistance Program (NCAP) Co-investmentFunds directed to the Private Conservation Partnerships Program within City of Gold Coast Section to extend the scope of their NCAP Program over areas of sub-tropical lowland rainforest.Healthy Land and WaterWatergum33235June 2017
Hinterland Pest Management ProjectTrap and eliminate foxes and wild dogs in Numinbah Valley, Springbrook and AustinvilleQLD Dept of Agriculture and FisheriesWatergum22527January 2017