Don River (Queensland)
|Mouth||Coral Sea near Bowen|
|Length||60 km (37 mi)|
|Source elevation||250 m (820 ft)|
|Basin area||1,200 km2 (460 sq mi)|
The Don River is a short river in North Queensland which empties into the Coral Sea near Bowen, Queensland. It is not to be confused to the Don River in Central Queensland which is a tributary of the Fitzroy River.
The source of the river is in the Clarke Ranges, west of Proserpine. The river runs about 60 kilometres (37 mi) in a northerly direction to its mouth falling about 250 metres (820 ft) over its length. Over its length it drains about 1,200 square kilometres (460 sq mi).
Management concerns were raised after floods in February 2008. Deposits of sand which have raised the riverbed considerably were attributed to the flooding. Approval to dredge sand has already been granted by the state government however only about half of that has been removed in recent years. A flood in 2008 lead the Whitsunday Regional Council to create a channel so that similar flooding could be avoided.
A management plan for the river was established late in 2008. It included measures to encourage further sand extraction.
- "Flood Warning System For The Don River". Bureau of Meteorology. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- "Water resources - Overview - Queensland: Groundwater Management Unit: Don River". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- "Bowen council seeks approval to dredge Don River". ABC News Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 21 February 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- "Hope for channel to stop Don River flooding". ABC News Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 12 January 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- "Govt to invest $1.4m in Don River flood prevention". ABC Tropical North (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 3 September 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
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