Ingham High Visits Insulator Creek

June 19, 2017

Ingham High School students were introduced to an important wetlands habitat restoration project at Insulator Wetlands last week, in a showcase of the great work being done there.

Thanks to funding from the Queensland Government’s ‘Everyone’s Environment’ grant program, the Hinchinbrook Wetland Alliance is working to restore 40 ha of wetland habitats on private property in the Halifax Bay area. Terrain's involvement is made possible by funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

The project has engaged local farmers, traditional owners, local schools and the community to remove invasive weeds and re-establish healthy wetlands, which will improve the quality of water flowing out into the Reef lagoon.

Terrain’s Community Partnerships Officer, Jacqui Richards, said it was heartening to see students thinking about human impact on the environment.

“We don’t always consider how our actions impact waterways. It’s important to remember that everything is connected, even if it’s not obvious. It’s really encouraging to see that as a result of visiting the site, students are thinking about how different actions can make an impact – both positive and negative.”

Herbert Cane Productivity Services, James Cook University and Paluma Environmental Education Centre all ran activities focused on a different aspect of the Insulator Creek project, including caring for fish and fish habitat, water quality monitoring, and biodiversity monitoring through insect trapping and bird monitoring.

Ms Richard’s activity investigated different waterway pollutants like sediment, nitrogen, phosphorous, herbicides and rubbish, and the different impacts each pollutant has on the environment as well as other land managers.

“It’s difficult to make a difference acting alone but when we all work together we can achieve a lot,” she said.