Haughton Balancing Storage Aggregation DOIW
On the floodplain between the Burdekin and Haughton rivers, with a central point at about 19 degrees 43' 19" S, 147 degrees 04' 38" E. It is 38 kilometres south-west of Ayr. This storage is part of the Haughton Main Channel system, a water distribution system that carries water from the Burdekin River to the Haughton. The channel is one of three main distribution systems that comprise the Burdekin Irrigation Scheme. It is a shallow impoundment that is often almost entirely occupied by aquatic plants. It is locally and probably regionally important for waterbirds. These are very easily observed from the retaining wall of the storage.
The site supports rich and extensive beds of aquatic plants which provide food and breeding sites for a wide range of water birds. Because water levels are maintained in the storage, the site has potential to be an important drought refuge for water birds. The long retaining wall, which has a road on it, provides a convenient viewing platform for bird watching, whilst minimising disturbance to the birds. This convenience and the site's proximity to Townsville give it potential to be a popular bird watching site, although access is currently restricted.
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