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6 May, 2021

Program launched to monitor Frogbit

KEY stakeholders and concerned community members of the Mitchell River catchment got together last Thursday to launch a new sentinel program targeting Amazon Frogbit.

By Rhys Thomas

Key stakeholders of the Mitchell River system met last Thursday to discuss the launch of a new sentinel program to watch for Amazon Frogbit.

KEY stakeholders and concerned community members of the Mitchell River catchment got together last Thursday to launch a new sentinel program targeting Amazon Frogbit. 

Currently within the Mareeba Shire Amazon Frogbit has inhabited Atherton and Chinaman creeks as well as both Granite Creek and the Barron River. 

Amongst fears that this destructive and highly invasive weed could spread into the Mitchell River catchment and tributaries, a sentinel program has been established. 

Organisations like Brooklyn Wildlife Sanctuary, Barron Catchment Care, Mareeba Shire Council, EQ Resources and South Edge Pastoral all met at Two-Mile Creek to discuss the launch and support of the Mitchell River Watershed Management Groups’ sentinel program. 

This program seeks to monitor six sites along Two-Mile Creek and into lake Mitchell on regular intervals during the year to ensure that Frogbit has not taken ahold. 

The groups that attended have thrown their support behind the program either in the form of money or organisational support. 

The six sites will continue to be monitored to ensure that the Mitchell River catchment stays clear of Amazon Frogbit.  

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