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Springvale Station

The Queensland Government has purchased Springvale Station–a 56,000ha property in Far North Queensland–for the purposes of adding to the State’s protected area estate and reducing sediment run-off entering the Normanby River catchment. The acquisition of Springvale Station represents a whole-of-catchment approach to managing a State protected area. As well as protecting the property’s important natural and cultural values, this purchase, and its ongoing management, will also contribute to improving the water quality within the Normanby River catchment–a significant catchment draining to the northern Great Barrier Reef.

Located 15km east of Lakeland and 40km south west of Cooktown, Springvale Station (PDF, 1MB) is bounded by Ngalba Bulal National Park to the east and the proposed Kings Plains-Alkoomie Nature Refuge to the north.

Remediation and effective land management, over time, will address the significant erosion issues on the property by minimising the risk of new erosion from gullies and tracks and by trialling treatment methods on existing priority erosion sites. The Springvale Station Erosion Management Plan fact sheet (PDF, 1.58MB) contains more information about the erosion issues and management. Implementation of erosion management on Springvale Station will be guided by the Springvale Station Erosion Management Plan (PDF, 5.43MB).

The Statement of Management Intent outlines how the property will be managed to conserve and enhance the property’s significant natural and cultural values.

Wildlife Officer Dean Faulks is presently overseeing the management of Springvale Station. Dean’s Diary is a regular update of projects underway on Springvale and additional nature notes from his weekly journal.      

The Department of Environment and Science will manage the property in the short-term, while investigating options for long-term management and tenure arrangements. The department will actively engage with Traditional Owners, local communities and a range of partners in the ongoing management of Springvale Station.

As the property was formerly a working cattle station, the previous owners are in the process of removing all cattle from Springvale Station. This is due to be completed by October 2017.

The purchase of Springvale Station will contribute to the conservation and enhancement of the property’s significant natural and cultural values.

There is an outstanding diversity of 52 mapped regional ecosystems on the property providing important habitat for endangered or vulnerable flora and fauna species including:

The property is not open to public access.

Read the latest news on Springvale Station.

Find out about ongoing activities on Springvale through Wildlife Officer Dean's diary.

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Last updated
18 May 2018
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