Bundaberg Mangrove Watch Survey Region
The Burnett River is one of the major catchments flowing into the Southern Great Barrier Reef and is the largest within the Burnett-Mary region. The Burnett is also the primary river system within the Burnett Basin. This large system has been extensively modified by urban, agricultural and industrial development.
The primary landuse within the Burnett River catchment is grazing comprising 78% of the catchment. The majority of grazing land is located in the upper catchment and utilises cleared and uncleared grassland and natural vegetation. The Burnett catchment also includes the city of Bundaberg and surrounding townships. As such 7.6% of the catchment is classified urban. Irrigated cropping, such as sugar and fruit and vegetable production, is also a key component of the catchment. Although only 2% of the catchment is dedicated to cropping, this figure represents a significantly large area due to the overall size of the catchment. The majority of cropping occurs within the lower catchment.
Rivers, Creeks and Estuaries in the Bundaberg region surveyed for Mangrove Watch include:
- Burnett River
- Coonarr Creek
- Elliot River