27 Jul 2018
Springvale Station West Normanby Distal Gully Demonstration Site - Normanby Basin
This project combines community capacity building with active gully remediation to reduce sediment loads within the Normanby Basin.
Targeted remediation works will be implemented on the West Normanby Distal Gully site on Springvale Nature Refuge (Springvale) identified within the Eastern Cape York Water Quality Improvement Plan as the most important sediment source in the Normanby basin.
This project is consistent with, and flows from, the Springvale Erosion Management Plan (EHP, 2017) that identified high priority areas for gully remediation.
This is a learning-by-doing project that incorporates traditional knowledge and scientific expertise in alluvial gully management in the savannah landscapes of Cape York. The project will greatly improve the Yalanji people’ ability to design and implement future erosion management actions on Springvale and elsewhere in the Normanby Basin.
Primary outcomes from this work will be stabilisation and rehabilitation of a major source of sediment and importantly, practical testing of methodologies to determine the best treatments to be applied on Springvale.
The involvement of Griffith University will provide scientific rigour to the design and evaluation of results as well as accredited training.