Cattana Wetlands Receives a Helping Hand

Jabiru volunteers pulling out some weeds

Cairns’ Cattana Wetlands is getting a helping hand from a group of locals under a new volunteer program Jabirus.

By Hannah Watt


Jabiru volunteers pulling out some weeds

Volunteers: Jabiru volunteers pulling out some weeds.

The Jabirus may be small in number but the volunteers are enthusiastic and dedicated people who spend their time weeding, planting, collecting seeds and generally helping the wetlands to look their best.

The volunteer group meets every Tuesday from 9am till noon at the Wetlands near Smithfield on the James Cook University Cairns campus.

Division 8 Councillor Jessie Richardson says the group has recently planted the picnic area with native species.

“It looks just beautiful,” Richardson says.

“Thanks to these wonderful volunteers, there is always a project on the move.

“They do so much to complement the great work done by staff in maintaining these areas for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.”

The Cairns Council has since rehabilitated the Cattana Wetlands that was formerly 80 hectares of cane land and sand/gravel mining operations at Smithfield.

The Wetlands is now home to six lakes, rainforest boardwalks, recreation areas and bird lookouts.

With the Jabirus devoted weekly work, the Wetlands is looking the best it has ever looked.

“Cattana Wetlands is such a spectacular place to visit and is becoming increasingly popular with visiting bird-watchers and anyone interested in our tropical environment” Richardson says.

New members are always welcome to join Jabirus as well as other volunteer groups based at the Cairns Botanic Gardens.

Contact Cairns Regional Council for more information or the Council public relations and volunteers officer Louisa Grandy on 4032 6648.