Review of buffer widths for Oonoonba School Lagoon

Burrows, Damien W. (1999) Review of buffer widths for Oonoonba School Lagoon. Report. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] The wetlands of the Townsville-Burdekin aggregation are recognised as forming part of the most significant wetland aggregation on the north-east coast of Australia (Arthington and Hegerl 1988). The coastal complex between Alligator Creek and Cape Bowling Green is only the second site in Queensland to be listed under the 'Convention on Wetlands of International Importance' (RAMSAR Convention). Within the urban areas of Townsville, the Town Common is the best known wetland, attracting thousands of locals and tourists, and having an internationally-recognised reputation among birdwatchers.

Most of the Ross River floodplain in Townsville has been subject to urban, pastoral and industrial development and only a few floodplain lagoons remain. These lagoons are within the Idalia/Oonoonba area where the Fairfield Land Development is being constructed. The largest of these lagoons are Oonoonba School Lagoon and Idalia Lagoon. Oonoonba School Lagoon is located adjacent to the Oonoonba State School on the northern side of Oonoonba Road and is within the development area. Idalia Lagoon is behind the Townsville Pony Club and the cycling velodrome adjacent to but not within the development area. The water quality, fish fauna and general biological attributes of Idalia Lagoon were briefly examined by Burrows et al. (1998) and provide some indication of what conditions in the Oonoonba School Lagoon are probably like. The waterfowl research of Lavery (1970) and Lavery and Blackman (1971) recorded a high diversity and abundance of waterfowl in these lagoons.

Idalia Lagoon and the Oonoonba School Lagoon have been identified as ecologically important wetlands of medium-high conservation value by the Townsville City Council (1990) and in the Townsville-Thuringowa Strategy Plan (1996).

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