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Palmer River Bellyache Bush (BAB) Eradication Project


Project lead

Mitchell River Watershed Management Group Inc


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On-ground work

Case study type


Funding source

Everyone’s Environment Grants - Round 3

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In-kind contribution

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This project builds on Round One funding to:
  • identify and manage the downstream extent of bellyache bush (readily spread by floating seeds) on the Palmer River
  • complement the current control program carried out by the Cook Shire’s Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Program (focused on the infestation source location) by resourcing a control program for the downstream extent
  • continue to cooperate with project area’s traditional owners, pastoral landholders, miners and kayaking and bushwalking clubs to recruit, inform and train them to participate in the early detection and control of the downstream extent of bellyache bush
  • employ contractors to carry out eradication programs on identified downstream infestations prior to the wet season, before the plants have set seed
  • maintain the bellyache bush database reporting protocol for project stakeholders by recording their involvement in identifying and controlling the downstream extent of bellyache bush
  • limit weed spread in the Mitchell River Catchment through partnerships, public engagement and on-ground works with particular focus on the WONS bellyache bush (BAB) on the Palmer River.


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Last updated: 16 May 2015

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Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2015) Palmer River Bellyache Bush (BAB) Eradication Project, WetlandInfo website, accessed 15 May 2024. Available at:

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