Noosa River

The name Noosa is believed to mean "Shady Place", an Aboriginal term.

The Noosa River flows predominantly north to south, beginning in the Como Escarpment, passing through the western basin to meet Teewah Creek before flowing south across the Noosa Plain. It then flows between Lakes Como and Cooloola before entering Lake Fig Tree and Lake Cootharaba, continuing to Lake Cooroibah and Lake Weyba and finally enters the South Pacific Ocean at Laguna Bay.

The Noosa River, some 60 km long, is the major drainage element contained within the Noosa River Catchment and the Great Sandy National Park. Source: NICA

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Mangrove Mania Hits Noosa!

Twenty volunteers from the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) and scientists from The University of Queensland spent Saturday 16 April 2011 in a training day to learn the video assessment technique known as “MangroveWatch in Action”. The project involves annually monitoring the health of estuarine mangroves and saltmarsh in tidal wetlands of the Noosa River. Dr Norm Duke and PhD student Jock McKenzie provided an overview of the aims of the program and hands-on learning with the equipment required to take a continuous video recording of the estuary bank for analysis. Changes over time will provide a valuable indication of the health of the mangroves and the estuary as a whole.

NICA workshop camera training

MangroveWatch is a science/community partnership funded by the “Caring for Our Country Community Coastcare Project” an initiative of the Federal Government.

Volunteers learnt about the rich biodiversity and biomass of mangroves and that Australia has among the most extensive in the world. These highly beneficial coastal habitats are also the most pristine, but should not be taken for granted. Growing pressures of human influences, like our population shift to the SE corner of Queensland, coupled with global climate change are beginning to show. Participation by local communities is vital to watch over the valuable mangrove wetlands.

Practice with the equipment on the NICA boat will be undertaken by volunteers in the next few weeks and further training days are planned for mid-year to ensure that the material provided produces the most accurate recordings. Mapping is being undertaken to divide the river banks into manageable sections for the five teams of volunteers to record.

Testing skills learnt in Workshop in the NICA boat

A celebratory lunch was held at noon to mark the opening of the new NICA office at the Tewantin Marina where everyone agreed that the site provides a high profile location for NICA to promote its role and also boat access for the MangroveWatch and River Ranger activities. The volunteers agreed that day was very valuable and a great way to do something positive for the Noosa we all love. There is room other interested volunteers to join the program. Just ring NICA on 5449 9650 to find out more.

Carole Micallef, NICA MangroveWatch

Australia's Mangroves - the book

The authoritative guide to Australia’s mangrove plants.

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Donations & Sponsorships

MangroveWatch Ltd is a registered charitable company in Australia. To achieve its goals and those of community participants, the program relies on funding and sponsorships to keep things going.

Donations and Sponsorships will be acknowledged on this site.

We need support for:

  • Community volunteers for small vessel hire and fuel
  • Field kits - costing up to $AUD3,000 each
  • Promotional items and awards such as T-Shirts and hats
  • Website maintenance
  • Computers and support for shoreline assessments by the Mangrove Hub

If you can assist any any way then contact us at the Mangrove Hub

MangroveWatch Handout

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Mangrove Watch Brochure

You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

Mangrove Watch Brochure