Conservation Volunteers Australia celebrated World Wetlands Day 2018 with 14 events around Australia, and over 300 keen volunteers rolled up their sleeves to take part in a range of activities including tree planting, weed clearing and rubbish clean ups all aimed at protecting and restoring wetlands. World Wetlands Day events were assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.
In Newcastle CVA and our partners hosted a World Wetlands Day Forum attended by 60 participants (right). The event featured a program of presentations and field activities on wetland education and conservation in the Ramsar-listed Hunter Estuary. Partner organisations: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Environmental Trust, Local Land Services, Newcastle City Council, LMCC, Australian Association for Environmental Education, Hunter Wetlands Centre.
In Casino Jabiru Geneebeinga Wetlands hosted a day of community action and knowledge sharing with 80 people attending throughout the day to plant wetland habitat species and connect with local groups including Byron Bird Buddies, Friends of the Koala, Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers, WIRES, Border Ranges/Richmond Valley Landcare Network, The Australian Bee Company and Kyogle Landcare Nursery. Partner organisations: Casino Environment Centre (incorporating the Jabiru Geneebeinga Restoration Group) and Richmond Valley Council.
In Sydney CVA hosted a wetland walk and morning tea open to the public (right). In keeping with the Sustainable Urban Future theme, CVA volunteers worked in the Turrella Reserve along Wolli Creek to help increase biodiversity and restore the important wildlife habitat corridor, encouraging native species to return. Partner organisations: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wolli Creek Preservation Society.
In Western Sydney CVA hosted a successful event at Upper Prospect Creek, the source of the Georges River. Volunteers enjoyed an information session, walk and talk about the state of the creek and how it connects with the ocean at Botany Bay, and a discussion about plastic and other pollutants. Volunteers also viewed the 60 habitat boxes CVA has installed along the riparian corridor for gliders, microbats and pardalotes, and undertook water testing. Partner organisation: Georges River Combined Councils Committee.
In Shoalhaven volunteers joined a community birdwatching and Shorebird awareness event (right). The day included interpretive talks, walks and birdwatching through scopes. The group recorded 229 birds. from six different species including the migratory Bar Tailed Godwit. Regional Manager Adam Woods said, “When one of the participants told me she got goose bumps seeing all these wonderful rare birds it made it all worth it.” Partner organisations: Shoalhaven Council, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Illawarra Birders.
In Gippsland CVA volunteers spent the day restoring the Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve, part of the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar site. More than 70% of the reserve is freshwater marsh. Partner organisations: ExxonMobil, Parks Victoria.
In Melbourne A Beach Clean-Up was held at Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve. The reserve consists of open grasslands, two wetland lakes, the saltmarsh and mangrove, Wader Beach and the Kororoit Creek. Partner organisations: ExxonMobil, Parks Victoria.
In Hobart our volunteers celebrated World Wetlands Day at Pittwater-Orielton Lagoon, home to beautiful birds and plants and an important shark nursery (right). It was a great morning monitoring, doing clean up and enjoying cake from the Country Women’s Association shop! Partner organisations: NRM South and Sorell Council.
In Adelaide CVA volunteers continued work on on on-going project to restore a reach of Patawalonga Creek in the grounds of Adelaide Airport (image at page top). Activities include seed collecting, native vegetation planting, weed control and surveys. This site is an important refuge for aquatic life including tortoises, frog and waterbirds. Partner organisation: Adelaide Airport.
In Perth Volunteers removed weeds and propagate seedlings to improve local biodiversity in the Swan and Canning River catchment system. This catchment is host to important ecosystems and endemic flora and fauna, with urban development causing a range of environmental impacts. Partner organisations: South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL), Bannister Creek Catchment Group.
In Darwin Volunteers undertook conservation activities including bird monitoring and surveys, weed control and fencing at Knuckeys Lagoon, an important habitat and dry season refuge for waterbirds (right). Partner organisation: Parks NT, Larrakia Rangers.
In Townsville Two days of wetland activities saw volunteers helping to restore Pallarenda Indigenous Plant Trail that leads to the Freshwater Lagoon, part of the nationally renowned wetlands in the Town Common, and CVA staff and volunteers participating in the Community Creekwatch Event (below right). Partner organisations: QLD Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing, Townsville City Council.
In Gladstone CVA volunteers worked with local community and Gladstone Regional Council to restore Byellee Wildlife Reserve from urban pressure, addressing silt, erosion and weeds. The site covers an area of Calliope River mangroves and saltpans through to permanent freshwater lagoons and contains a rich diversity of bird species. Partner organisations: Aurizon, Gladstone Regional Council, BirdLife Capricornia.
In Brisbane Volunteers participated in a community planting event to restore Egret Colony Wetlands. Egret Colony Wetlands flows into Ramsar-listed Moreton Bay. Partner organisations: Redlands Council, Egret Colony Wetlands Bushcare.
For more information contact Louise Duff,
Revive Our Wetlands Program Manager
M: 0432 688775