• Venessa Merrin

Floodwaters bring new life to Lake Eyre and desert river systems at Kalamurina

January 2015: The filling of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre (Lake Eyre) is one of Australia’s great natural spectacles. In recent days, Lake Eyre has received its greatest inflow of water since 2011. These floodwaters are travelling down the Macumba River and the Warburton Creek before converging on AWC’s Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary and entering Lake Eyre through the Warburton Groove, a channel that extends deep into the Lake.

Here are some exclusive images of this great natural event taken in the last few days from Kalamurina.

AWC plays a vital role in protecting Lake Eyre and its catchment. Kalamurina, owned and managed by AWC since 2008, protects 677,000 hectares (1.7 million acres) of the catchment including most of the north shore of Lake Eyre and the lower reaches of the key rivers which carry water to the lake: the Warburton and Kallakoopah Creeks and the Macumba River (see map below). The stretch of more than 100 kilometres of the Warburton Creek on Kalamurina is the only section of this nationally significant river that is managed for conservation.

Over 100mm of rain has fallen in parts of the Lake Eyre catchment, with AWC’s Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary receiving 65% of our entire annual average rainfall in a few days. Kalamurina is a former pastoral station that has been transformed by AWC into one of Australia’s largest non-government nature reserves. The rain and associated flooding is important because it should be the catalyst for an ecological boom in the region. Birdlife will be spectacular, with a large number of waterbirds expected to arrive in the middle of the desert.

To see AWC feature on Sunrise (Channel 7) click here:


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