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.

Watergum Led Projects

Source Protection Numinbah Valley

Project Renewal Date: June 2026

Funder: Seqwater

Project details:

A Watergum project in partnership with Seqwater and Numinbah Valley Landcare. This project – Nerang River Source Protection aims to engage with landowners in Numinbah Valley to encourage them to adopt best practice land management to minimise the flow of sediment, nutrients and pathogens into the river system. The catchment waterways are, in places impacted by agricultural activity, earthworks, landslips, and natural disasters. The purpose of this project is to target these high-risk points for remediation and improve source water protection and management. Implemented restoration works include invasive flora species control, with a focus on Madeira Vine, fencing, earthworks stabilisation and native flora planting.

Pink Underwing Moth

Project Duration: 2 years

Funder: 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.

Toogoolawa School Tree Planting & Nest Boxes

Project Duration: 1 year

Funder: State Government’s Department of Environment and Science fund

Project details:

A collaboration between Watergum and Toogoolawa school. This project aims to educate and engage students in native tree planting, habitat restoration and fauna monitoring. The project is focused on students participating in environmental STEM activities, encouraging new valuable skills and experience.

Wires Glider Project

Project Duration: 1 year

Funder: WIRES National Grants Program

Project details:

A collaboration between Watergum and Wildcare. This project works in two ways, the first enables the ongoing efforts of Wildcare volunteers to continue with native wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and release. The second part of the project focuses on habitat restoration in Binna Burra, particularly bush fire recovery work for glider habitat.

QWALC Bushfire Program Management

Project Duration: 1 year

Funder: QWALC

Project details:

Management and support of groups undertaking projects through the Landcare led bushfire recovery grants. Facilitated by the Australian Government, the grants program provides funding for Landcare led bushfire recovery projects in Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia, impacted by the 2019/2020 bushfires. The funding supports the recovery of fire-affected plant and animal species recovery, ecological communities and natural assets.

Shorebird Habitat Restoration

Project Completion: June 2023

Funder: 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

Funder: 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.

Watergum Sponsored Projects

Quoll Research

Project Completion: Nov 2021

Funder: 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.

Subtropical Lowland Rainforest Restoration

Project Completion: Sep 2022

Funder: 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

Funder: 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

Funder: 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

Funder: 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

Funder: 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