NEWCASTLE WETLAND CONNECTIONS was a 4-year federally funded project, running from 2013 to 2017. The project aimed to improve the condition, function, resilience & biodiversity of urban waterways in the Ironbark Creek catchment, which ultimately flow into environmentally significant Ramsar-listed freshwater wetlands at the Hunter Wetlands Centre. The project was delivered with fourteen partners including land managers, community groups & education institutions.
Newcastle Wetland Connections had three major themes – watch the digital stories and download the brochures below to find out what the project achieved in each theme.
ON GROUND WORKS
Conservation activities were undertaken at 14 priority sites throughout the catchment. The project team installed 12 erosion control structures, treated 15.2 ha of weeds & planted 50,643 local natives to improve the condition and function of riparian and wetland buffer vegetation. Covering approximately 92 hectares, the project area included Dark and Boatman Creeks, University of Newcastle campus, Newcastle Wetlands Reserve, Market Swamp, Warabrook Wetlands and the Hunter Wetlands Centre.
INDIGENOUS CAPACITY BUILDING
A strength-based community development approach was used to build the capacity of Indigenous Australians to manage natural resources. Indigenous participants were provided with training, mentoring and employment to undertake bush regeneration throughout the project area. Seven Indigenous Australians undertook paid work through the project, including two trainees who graduated with Conservation and Land Management Certificate 2. A further 160 participated in Indigenous community events.
A Communication, Education, Participation & Action program promoted skills & commitment to sustain results. Engaging the local community to help protect the health of urban waterways was an important part of the project. Education activities were delivered to a range of groups including residents, university and school students, Landcare volunteers and industrial premises adjacent to the wetlands. There were 47 community events and 1,800 registered participants in the project.
Newcastle Wetland Connections was initiated by WetlandCare Australia and completed by Conservation Volunteers Australia following the merger of the two organisations in July 2015.
Click here to find out more about Revive Our Wetlands, a national initiative of Conservation Volunteers Australia.
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