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Kooma Traditional Owners Association Incorporated: Triglochin Wetland

Kooma Traditional Owners Association Incorporated: Triglochin Wetland

Bottle number: 75

About the water

Kooma Traditional Owners Association Incorporated (KTOAI) and Melbourne Water Water samplers.
Kooma Traditional Owners Association Incorporated (KTOAI) and Melbourne Water Water samplers.

Collected at: Triglochin Wetland, Bendee Downs, Queensland

Triglochin Wetland is located on the Bendee Downs Property within the Nature Reserve.

X: 464,767.37, Y: 6,894,224.64

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Collected by: Kooma Traditional Owners Association Incorporated (KTOAI), Melbourne Water (MW)

Kooma are commited to caring for country and leaving a 'footprint on the land that is deeply imbedded in the earth, for future generations to walk in with pride and dignity' (Cheryl Buchanan, Chairperson of KTOAI).

Melbourne Water staff have been working in partnership with KTOAI to record the values and threats of waterways and wetlands and to protect and improve the health of waterways and wetlands on the Murra Murra and Bendee Downs properties. The partnership has also been an opportunity to embrace the connection between cultural and environmental values, and to share knowledge between the parties.

Water quality:

Turbidity: Medium
pH: 7.2
Salinity: 121us/cm

Temperature: 22 degrees Celsius

The water level was approximately 10cm at its deepest point. The water quality at this site was particularly fresh, however somewhat turbid due to recent activity from feral animals walking through the wetland.

ACT Waterwatch says:

Getting on top of the erosion gullies and feral animals should solve the turbidity issues at an otherwise very nice site.

Triglochin Wetland, located on the Bendee Downs Property within the Nature Reserve.
Triglochin Wetland, located on the Bendee Downs Property within the Nature Reserve.

About the site

Murra Murra and Bendee Downs have been acquired by the Indigenous Land Corporation for the 'social, cultural and educational benefit of all Kooma people'. On 1 July 2000, Kooma Traditional Owners Association Incorporated (KTOAI) were registered to be the holding body for the properties, allowing Kooma People to walk freely on the Murra Murra and Bendee Downs sections of the Kooma Nation.

The properties encompass ecologically important creeks and wetlands that form part of the Murray Darling System, including Triglochin wetland.

Wetlands are a feature of both properties. Bendee Downs is dotted with a series of large and small claypans, which form lakes during favourable seasons. Murra Murra adds further wetland diversity with its freshwater lakes, swamps, lagoons, and salt lake.

A recent conservation assessment of the properties identified extensive and diverse wetlands worthy of inclusion in the Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia with their dependent birds, frogs and great plant diversity. Wetlands on the property include lakes, gilgais, swamps and depressions. Over 100 species of bird have been recorded on the properties so far, and it is anticipated that many more will be recorded in years to come.

Sample 75 was taken from Triglochin wetland, named after the extensive growth of Triglochin (Water Ribbon), found at the wetland. The site is located on the Bendee Downs property.

What's going on:

Triglochin Wetland is currently threatened by feral animals grazing and pugging the wetland. KTOAI and Melbourne Water have recently applied for funding to protect the wetland from feral animals through fencing the wetland off.

KTOAI and Melbourne Water have been recording the condition and ecological and cultural values of waterways and wetlands on the Murra Murra and Bendee Downs properties and the threats to these values. Specifically the team have been investigating and assessing:

  • Water quality;
  • Vegetation communities and species;
  • Bird life;
  • Erosion gullies;
  • Presence of feral animals; and
  • Presence of weed species.