Bulguru Wetland

Johnstone Ecological Society

Bulguru Wetlands after Cyclone Yasi

Bulguru Wetlands after Cyclone Yasi

Johnstone Ecological Society had been concerned for some time that nearly all the wetland areas around Innisfail had either been drained for agriculture or used by the Council as dump sites. However with the increasing awareness of the importance of wetlands it was possible for JES to gain National Heritage Funding in 1999 to rehabilitate the Bulguru dump site at Mourilyan.

Bulguru Wetland

Bulguru Wetland

Landcare, Green corps and the Johnstone re-vegetation unit joined JES in the initial planting of 9600 trees. The trees were growing extremely well until Cyclone Larry (2006) wreaked havoc on the area and many trees were damaged or uprooted and tracks lost. The site was taken over by Guinea grass and other weeds.

Just as JES members had begun to re- open the tracks, Cyclone Yasi struck causing more damage and encouraged more weeds , including Thunbergia which started smothering some of the trees.
With a Priority Corridors small grant, JES members working hard and using selective herbicide have regained part of the area and new tree plantings have begun. There is still a lot of nearly impenetrable Guinea grass to be removed but with another successful small grant application JES members will continue the work of restoring the site in 2013.