A Greater Darwin Landcare Group

McMinns Lagoon Reserve Association


About McMinns Lagoon Reserve Association

McMinns Lagoon Reserve Association was formed by a dedicated group of local residents in 1987, who work to provide natural habitat in the reserve for a diverse range of wildlife. MLRA aims to set direction, raise awareness and increase community ownership or the Reserve. 

McMinns Lagoon is leased by Litchfield Council and managed by the Association.

Group Activities

  • Regular maintenance of the Reserve
  • Organising and hosting events on site such as National Tree Day, Bushcare Major Day out, Corporate days, and Toad Busting
  • Community education and interpretive walks
  • Collaborate with government, industry, environmental organisations, schools, and the wider community
  • Hosts government training projects such as Green Army, in partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia and Greening Australia.
  • Research including bird and wildlife surveys

McMinns Lagoon Reserve

McMinns Lagoon Reserve is located at 5 Dreamtime Drive, McMinns Lagoon, approximately 35 km south east of Darwin. The Reserve covers an area of 41 ha of bushland that protects a perched lagoon fringed with a mix of open woodland through to closed paper-bark forest, and surrounded by grassland.

It lies in the southern end of the Howard River Catchment. It is an important recharge area and forms a significant hydrological and ecological link with other wetland and drainage lines connecting Howard River.

We have seen the reserve being degraded by animals being shot, domestic animals killing wildlife, introduction of weeds, rubbish being left behind and dirt bikes and quad bikes damaging the environment. So we got together to fence off the reserve to protect it’s environmental values. Now the site is popular with bird watchers, the community using the walking tracks and other recreation such as picnics, and weddings Brian McWilliam

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