Upper Dawson Branch
© Tamielle Brunt
Wildlife Queensland Upper Dawson Branch member outing, Mt Walsh.
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.
What we do
- 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 also been planted around the hide.
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.
The Theodore Bird Hide along Castle Creek Walk.
Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) swimming in the river.
Download the most recent issues of our newsletter below.
- November 2023 edition (pdf)
- October 2023 edition (pdf)
- September 2023 edition (pdf)
- August 2023 edition (pdf)
- June 2023 edition (pdf)
- April 2023 edition (pdf)
- March 2023 edition (pdf)
- February 2023 edition (pdf)
- Dec 2022-Jan 2023 edition (pdf)
Latest branch news
Wildlife Queensland’s Upper Dawson branch and the PlatypusWatch Network are calling for citizen scientists to be part of an important platypus project in the Upper Dawson River.
Wildlife Queensland’s Platypus Watch Network has been granted $26,930 from the state government to survey and document the population distribution of platypuses within the upper Dawson River and tributaries around the Taroom region.
Wildlife Queensland is deeply saddened to announce the passing of environmental campaigner and Upper Dawson Branch member Adam Charles Carr Clark on Sunday, 13 September 2020.
Contact Wildlife Queensland Upper Dawson Branch
Wildlife Queensland Upper Dawson Branch
PO Box 262, Taroom, QLD 4420
0427 504 560 (current Secretary)
0427 283 290 (current President)