South Cape York Catchments
South Cape York Catchments (SCYC) is a community based natural resource management organisation.
During the past 12 months, members of the organisation have undertaken a variety of projects that include working on aquatic weed control; cultural heritage protection;
revegetation of riparian areas; the installation of feral pig exclusion fencing in high value wetlands; water quality monitoring and threatened species surveys.
This work is performed in partnership with Traditional Owners, volunteers, Indigenous rangers and school students.
Control of the invasive water weed, Hymenachne sp. discovered at Keating's Lagoon, has taken five years.
These days the wetland menace is like a boxer on the ropes, and has been since late 2012.
Weeds, feral pigs, pest fish and fire in and around natural aquatic ecosystems are a major threat to biodiversity.
Site location: From Laura through to Normanby and Melsonby stations across Kings Plains and around the Northern Wet Tropics Rainforest margins
Cape York NRM has adapted a socio-ecological systems approach towards development of an NRM plan that considers the distinctive cultural landscapes of Cape York.
This project extended the coverage of traditional fire management practices across Cape York Peninsula, both during this activity and beyond the project timeframe. The project contributed to the Caring for Our Country target ' to expand traditional fire management regimes across at least 200 00 sq km's of northern Australian savannas by 2013.
Works focused on controlling six weed species with three Traditional Owner groups within three key environmental areas: the Trevethan Creek wildlife corridor site adjacent to the Northern Wet Tropics World Heritage Area; Aligator Creek, an endangered coastal wetland environment, including w
South Cape York Catchments worked together with Cape York NRM develop the Cape York Water Quality Improvement Plan for the Great Barrier Reef Catchments. This project had two components aimed at producing outcomes central to the water quality improvement plan: