Managing biodiversity in our cotton 'landscapes'

Banana/Rockhampton local government area

Area of cotton landscape: 
224,700 ha
Area of remnant vegetation in the cotton landscape: 
19,800 ha. (8.8%)
Area of threatened ecological communities in the cotton landscape: 
6,200 ha. (31%)
Area of priority zones for native vegetation restoration and enhancement: 
2,520 ha
Area of cotton properties: 
28,800 ha
Area of remnant vegetation on cotton properties: 
1,660 ha. (6%)
Area of threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 
510 ha. (31%)
Area of priority zones for vegetation: 
9,450 ha

Main vegetation types on cotton properties: 

Poplar Box woodlands, Coolibah woodlands, Brigalow woodlands; Forest Red Gum woodlands, Silver-leaved Ironbark woodlands, Inland rainforests.

Main threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 

Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla dominant and co-dominant) (E)


Named wetlands in the cotton landscape: 

Fitzroy River Floodplain, Moura Weir, Theodore Weir, Moura Offstream, Grays Lagoon.

Area of wetlands in the cotton landscape: 
16,400 ha. (7%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
299 km
Length of minor water courses in the cotton landscape: 
91 km
Area of wetlands in the cotton properties: 
3,700 ha. (13%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
299 km
Length of minor streams on cotton properties: 
122 km
Main rivers in the cotton landscape: 

Dawson River, Don River, Fitzroy River, Mackenzie River, Banana Creek, Barambah Creek, Callide Creek, Castle Creek, Grevillea Creek, Kariboe Creek, Kianga Creek, Kroombit Creek, Lonesome Creek.


Area of national park in the cotton landscape: 
49 ha
Area of travelling stock routes in the cotton landscape: 
2,688 ha
Area of state forests in the cotton landscape: 
357 ha
Examples of public land reserves in the cotton landscape: 

Roundstone State Forest.


Examples of iconic species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Black-headed Python, Carpet Python, Echidna, Frill-necked Lizard, Koala, Magpie Goose, Southern Boobook, Yellow-belly. 

Plants: Brigalow, Carbeen.

Examples of threatened species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Boggomoss Snail (CE), Bridled Nailtail Wallaby (E), Fitzroy River Turtle (V), Ghost Bat (V), Greater Glider (V), Northern Quoll (E), Ornamental Snake (E), Powerful Owl (N,Q), Squatter Pigeon (V), Star Finch (E), White- throated Snapping Turtle (CE), Yakka Skink (V).

Plants: Bean’s Ironbark (V), Black Ironbark (V), Cycas ophiolitica (E), King Bluegrass (E), Three-veined Hakea (V)

Commonwealth Listing: V = Vulnerable; E = Endangered; CE = Critically Endangered; M = Migratory State listing; N = listed as threatened in NSW; Q = listed as threatened in Queensland;