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.

Wetland weed down for the count

11 Dec 2012

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 animals and fire in and around our aquatic ecosystems are a major threat to biodiversity. This project will address these critical threats across 3 key environmental areas; the upper Normanby Wetlands in the Northern Wet Tropics Word Heritage Area at the headwaters of Rinyirru NP (Salvinia) 2 Normanby Lagoons (feral pigs and cattle) and the Trevethan Creek wildlife corridor adjacent to the NWTWHA (Late season fires, Lantana and Gamba Grass)

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

Project Summary:

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

NRM Topic:

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:

Normanby Catchment Water Quality Management Plan

The Normanby Catchment Water Quality Management Plan is written in accordance with the Australian Government’s Framework for Marine and Estuarine Water Quality Protection (the Framework) (DEWHA 2002) and has been funded by the Australian Government Reef Rescue program.
Published: Sep 2013
Type: Reference Document