Mt Isa to The Gulf

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Subject: Mt Isa to The Gulf
From: Chris Melrose <>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 22:42:44 +1000
Almost finished a trip with Klaus Uhlenhut from Mt Isa to the Gulf. Conditions 
are dreadful. The area  did not have a wet season and everything is parched. 
There is no water in the Leichardt or Cloncurry Rivers and most creeks are dry. 
Mr Isa's water supply is down to 30% I've been told by locals. We have only 
seen a few cane toads, mostly at Adels Grove. No other amphibians, reptiles or 
mammals and very few insects.  The birding has been very hard and we have been 
unable to find even a welcome swallow. Feral cats are everywhere. Much of the 
land has been burnt and what is left has been eaten by cattle that did not go 
to Indonesia as pastoralists had planned. 
As an ecologist, it is a shocking sight to see tree skeletons everywhere and 
little habitat left for anything to survive. 
Chris Melrose 

Christine Melrose


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