Lower Catchment Project: “The Spit”

Building on past efforts on the mangrove edges in the lower catchment, the group is working towards a new project on the area known as “The Spit” near the Rapid Creek mouth. Click here to download a document about the lower catchment work. Read an update here.

Yankee Pools Rehabilitation

The section of Rapid Creek between Marrara and the Airport is known as Yankee Pools. During the war years American servicemen used this area for swimming, hence the name. Find Yankee Pools on this map. The project worked with all landholders in the Yankee Pools area towards better weed management, particularly in relation to Gamba grass. Gamba grass has been greatly reduced in the area although ongoing management is needed.

We have planted hundreds of seedlings into the forest near the creek to rehabilitate degraded old tracks. Controlling vehicle access has also assisted with protecting this special site from weed introduction and vegetation damage.

Wetland Revegetation

This project is on the wetland area downstream of the red footbridge, across the creek from the Water Gardens (on City of Darwin Land).

Monsoon Forest Enhancement

The group has worked in the monsoon forest on City of Darwin land behind the rural blocks on Rapid Creek Road.  We have planted many local native trees at well attended community planting days.

Access Control

Inappropriate vehicle access impacts severely on sensitive creekside vegetation and causes erosion. We encourage people to use and enjoy the creek in an appropriate manner. The Landcare Group has worked with the NT Government, the City of Darwin and Darwin International Airport to restrict vehicle access to the creek’s edge.