Wetlands and their catchments include estuaries, riverbanks, the edges of lakes and marine areas, and a variety of other freshwater and saltwater environments. Wetlands can be found in urban and rural areas, on the coast and inland. Wetlands can be wet all the time, or may go through wet and dry phases, even up to a decade in length.
Wetlands are important because they provide important buffer zones to protect waterways from pollution and erosion, help regulate floods and improve the quality of downstream water, and provide habitats where many aquatic species live, breed, and survive.
Wetlands species have adapted to live with the wetland’s fluctuating water levels. If the wetland is at risk through development, pollution, erosion, climate change, or any other reason, then these plants and animals are also at risk.
WetlandCare Australia has been dedicated to building healthy wetlands and catchments since 1991. Their activities include:
- Wetland, catchment and coastal restoration and rehabilitation
- Wetland classification, assessment, mapping and monitoring
- Protecting and conserving wetlands, catchments and coasts
- Communications, education, conferences, workshops, seminars
- Building partnerships to improve wetlands, catchments and coasts
Working together to protect Australia’s wetlands
Conservation Volunteers Australia has been engaging community members and managing volunteer projects since 1986. While Conservation Volunteers already has many wetlands projects, WetlandCare will bring even more expertise in this area, while Conservation Volunteers will be able to provide more helping hands to work on WetlandCare projects.
Together, we’ll be able to make a real difference with projects of national importance, including:
- Catchment protection to improve water quality along the Great Barrier Reef
- Restoration of wetlands of international significance
- Protecting wetland habitats for some of Australia’s most threatened species
WetlandCare Australia projects
Take a look at some of WetlandCare Australia’s current projects.
On the Nambucca Estuary in northern NSW, WetlandCare is working with land owners to protect critical habitat for threatened species, including the Endangered Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) and Vulnerable Brolga (Grus rubicunda). Activities include building protective fencing, erosion control, and dealing with invasive weeds like lantana, water hyacinth and salvinia.
In consultation with the local community, WetlandCare is working as a key consultant on a plan with Mornington Peninsula Shire to preserve the Tootgarook Wetlands. Community members, including land owners, residents, businesses, schools, community groups, and other organisations are invited to have their say by contacting WetlandCare.
At the Barratta Creek in Northern Queensland, WetlandCare Australia, with support through funding from the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund, is working with farmers and partners to reduce pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef. The Barratta Creek Catchment forms the main artery of the Bowling Green Bay wetlands, the only Ramsar site in north Queensland. Since the introduction of intensive irrigated agriculture the creek and wetlands have suffered serious impacts including invasive weeds, bushfires, and pollution by agricultural runoff.
At Tuckurimba, NSW, WetlandCare is restoring 7.5 Ha of wetlands currently infested with invasive weeds, and planting over 500 trees to provide a habitat to the local threatened koala population, and provide a corridor for them to move between areas of bush on the property. This work is being done in partnership with a local landowner who received a 25th Anniversary Landcare Grant to undertake bush regeneration activities throughout his 78 hectare property.
If you’d like to get involved in Conservation Volunteers Australia and WetlandCare Australia’s work to preserve Australia’s wetlands, you can volunteer on one of our projects or contact us to talk about partnering on a wetland conservation project.