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Wildlife Queensland Upper Dawson Branch member outing, Mt Walsh.

Our story

Formed in 1985, Wildlife Queensland Upper Dawson branch is a community-based group that works hard to protect environmental values in the Upper Dawson, Fitzroy Region in Central Queensland.

The Dawson River rises in the Carnarvon Range, draining through the Carnarvon National Park, northwest of Upper Dawson. The flow of the river is of high importance, especially for native fish and platypus to move within the system and reproduce successfully.

Read more about our branch’s history and achievements.

What we do

Projects:

  • Ongoing environmental DNA (eDNA) testing for the presence of platypus in the Dawson River.
  • In 2020, we completed the construction of a bird hide on the bank of Castle Creek in Theodore. In 2022, interpretive signage was placed along the walkway to the hide, and First Nations art was added to the walls of the hide.
  • Native bird-attracting shrubs and vines have been planted around the hide.
  • Butterfly workshops are to be held in Taroom and Theodore on 15 and 16 October 2022.

Advocacy and planning:

  • We endeavour to respond to developmental proposals for our catchment.
  • We write to various levels of government to take stronger action to prevent damage to water, soil, and ecosystems through inappropriate development and under-resourcing of protected areas.
  • We have had input into Shire and State Environmental Plans and Stock Route management plans.
  • We continue to support the Banana Shire in its cat management program.
  • We collaborate with natural resource management associations.

Community engagement and education:

  • Our branch organises regular outings for branch members and members of the community to Central Queensland’s National Parks, sandstone gorges, gas fields, coal mines, boggomosses, wetlands and forests.
  • We publish a monthly newsletter to keep members and communities up-to-date with our activities.
  • Our branch holds four meetings a year at locally significant sites, and visitors are welcome.
Theodore bird hide© WPSQ Upper Dawson Branch

The Theodore Bird Hide along Castle Creek Walk.

Platypus© Canva NFP

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) swimming in the river.

Get involved

join our branch

Join our local branch supporters helping to protect and conserve Queensland’s at-risk species and habitats.

Branch meetings

Our branch meets 4 times per year. Email for more info or phone 0427 504 560 (Secretary) or  0427 283 290 (President).

Branch newsletter

Subscribe to our branch newsletter to receive the latest updates on our branch activities and achievements.

Branch newsletter

Download the most recent issues of our newsletter below.

Latest branch news

New Book Celebrates the Life of a Committed Conservationist

New Book Celebrates the Life of a Committed Conservationist

Adam Clark (1933–2020) was a grazier, farmer and passionate conservationist with Wildlife Queensland’s Upper Dawson Branch. Shocked by the widespread clearing of land for grazing, he acted to protect the remnants of native vegetation, which were now crucial habitats for threatened species. A new book tells the story of Adam’s life and his dedication to the cause. 

read more

Contact Wildlife Queensland Upper Dawson Branch

address

Wildlife Queensland Upper Dawson Branch
PO Box 262, Taroom, QLD 4420
Australia

phone

0427 504 560 (current Secretary)
0427 283 290 (current President)

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