Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Bassett Basin

Bassett Creek

Bassett Creek


Parts of Pioneer River and Bassett, Vines and Barnes creeks immediately adjacent to Mackay City.

Plan number

FHA-044 (PDF, 766.5KB) (Revision 1)


662 ha

Management level


Declaration dates

13 April 1995 (original declaration)
13 August 1999 (redeclared to revoke one area of fish habitats and to add another area)
28 March 2008 (redeclared to clarify the boundary)

Local government

Mackay Regional Council

Management features

Conservation and management of fish habitats in the Pioneer River and adjoining creeks; protection of recreational, Indigenous and commercial fishing; buffer zone between human influence and the tidal environment; local educational resource.

Habitat values

Open Rhizophora shrubland, sand bars and tidal channels; saltmarsh; undercut banks; melaleuca wetlands.

Fisheries values

Barramundi; blue salmon; bream; estuary cod; flathead; grunter; mangrove jack; queenfish; whiting; mud crabs; tiger prawns; grey mackerel nursery.

Unique features

Freshwater ponds flow into Bassett Basin, making a unique tidal habitat important for barramundi.

Other values

None presently identified.