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Super Machans Beach Garage Sale August 2014

Lovely Fairy-wrens on Redden Island

Results of survey and colour-banding

Population size and density estimate

There are at least 11 family groups on Redden Island containing 29 birds:
2 groups of four (pairs with 2 dependent juveniles each),
3 groups of three
6 pairs
Density: 0.34 birds per hectare (29 birds in the approximately 85 hectare area of Redden Island).

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Eliminate Dengue Project

update January 2013

Dear Residents,

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Eliminate Dengue Project.

With increased rain over the past month, we have begun to catch more Aedes aegypti in our mosquito monitoring traps in Machans Beach and now have a better indication of how many mosquitoes carry Wolbachia in the suburb.

The most recent results indicate that Wolbachia is present in 20-30% of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

This level of Wolbachia is unlikely to stop local transmission of dengue should it be brought into Machans Beach. We continue to encourage all residents to protect themselves as they normally would from being bitten by mosquitoes. It is also important for residents to visit their GP if they believe they have dengue symptoms.

In the coming months, we will be talking to Machans Beach residents about the possibility of undertaking a further release of mosquitoes. This next release would involve the same strain of Wolbachia that successfully established in Yorkeys Knob and Gordonvale in 2011.  We would expect to achieve a better result with this release.

In the meantime we will continue to monitor the mosquito population in Machans Beach and the level of Wolbachia present and keep you updated throughout 2013.

If you have any questions about the research project please call the Cairns Office on 1800 811 054.

Kind regards,

Andrew Turley
Field Trial Manager
Eliminate Dengue 

T: 07 4050 2503 or 1800 811 054 | W: www.eliminatedengue.com
A: Suite 11/36 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD 4870
E: cairns@eliminatedengue.com

Elimate Dengue Trial in Machans Beach

Elimate Dengue

Mosquito Field trial - Wolbachia is a naturally occurring bacterium already present in many different insects that live in the Machans Beach area but not in the mosquito that transmits dengue between people - known as Aedes aegypti. We have introduced Wolbachia into this mosquito and found that it reduces the mosquito's ability to transmit dengue virus.

With the support of Machans Beach residents we began releasing Wolbachia infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the community on 4th January and have been releasing weekly every Wednesday since then, and will continue to do so until April.

Regular updates can be read in Machanations

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A new rock wall is being proposed for Machans Beach

Have Your Say on the Rock Wall feedback@cairns.qld.gov.au


In Late 2010 Cairns Airport released its Draft Land Use Plan which included the possibility of a future second runway.




Barron Delta Mangrove Protection Campaign


Machans Beach is a community of about 941 inhabitants ( according to 2011 statistics ), located within the Barron River delta. Unlike many modern suburbs built at racing pace within few years, and aimed to be inhabited by exclusive and higher income families, Machans Beach has thrived and maintained a character of its own through the integration of a diverse population. Machans Beach has fortunately escaped the unrelenting development of North Queensland, for the tourism industry which constitutes an important source of economic growth for this part of Australia. Fortunate because it continues to be a residential area without hotels and devoid of the massive flow of people as seen in the northern beaches. Through the action of its residents and the Progress Association, it has been possible to fight proposals from developers to transform Machans Beach into a money generating playground. It is obvious to the newcomer that Machans Beach is a working class neighborhood, which has shaped the laid back and easy life style of this place. Although to talk of a history of Machans Beach is somewhat pretentious, it is interesting to acknowledge its origins, in the context of its aboriginal past and the subsequent colonization by europeans and chinese and the economic development that followed throughout the years in the Tropical North.


Now Available for Sale in reprint form and pdf on CD, from the Machans Beach Post Office.

"Certain Friends in Uncertain Times" a history of Machans Beach . This book published in 1995 by the Machans Beach Progress Association tells the story of our community and the issues that most affect us.




The aim of the machansbeach.net website is to integrate the wider community. If you have any ideas, photographs or stories to share, you are welcome to contact us on any of these addresses:

Community Association

President : Gabrielle 0405 481 089

Secretary : Leanne Hill : secretary.mbca @ machansbeach.net

Hall Bookings :

Bob : 4037 0240


Carol - machanations @ machansbeach.net


James - jagc @ bigpond.net.au