Wetland Restoration and Rehabilitation
WetlandCare Australia, with funding through the Australian Government's Caring for Our Country Landcare Program, is delivering a project to increase awareness and implementation of best practice floodplain management in the Nambucca and Bellinger catchments.
WetlandCare Australia and Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council have been highly successful in undertaking the Restoring Jali Lands at Wardell Project. This has involved managing the ecological and biodiversity values of these culturally and environmentally significant lands with funds from Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
WetlandCare Australia, in conjunction with a number of other stakeholders, has recently completed a wetland enhancement project focused on reducing the impacts of invasive weeds and pest animals on the internationally significant Ramsar wetlands of the Hunter-Central Rivers region. The project was delivered by WetlandCare Australia as part of the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority Partnerships Program.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) has formed a consortium with WetlandCare Australia (WCA), Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR) and CSIRO to undertake this project. The consortium brings together a broad range of expertise in wetland assessment, ecological processes, wetland management planning, landholder incentive schemes, value adding and implementation of on-ground works.
WetlandCare Australia, in partnership with the Burnett Mary Regional Group, are working to improve water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef.
WetlandCare Australia, NQ Dry Tropics and Burdekin Shire Council have joined forces to work with landholders to increase biodiversity and improve water quality within the catchments that flow into Bowling Green Bay.
Boulders Beach is located on the Far North Coast of NSW Australia on a Council Reserve managed by Ballina Shire Council.
Wetlands and rivers in Australia have suffered from a historical decline in biodiversity and water quality as natural areas have become fragmented and degraded. Completed in late 2010, the Upper Tributaries Rehabilitation Project has worked closely with landowners to rehabilitate over 20 hectares of high conservation value wetland, riparian and remnant rainforest areas in the upper tributaries of the Mann and Richmond rivers.
The Wetland Protection in High Productivity Forestry Landholdings project commenced in 2009 with funding from the NSW Environmental Trust, in partnership with local forestry industry professionals.
With funding from the Federal Govenment Community Coastcare, the Knockrow Wetland Restoration project will restore and protect an area of important coastal wetland located in Northern NSW. This will include protecting an area of remnant vegetation, and revegetating over one hectare of adjoining wetland. An appropriate mix of native species will be planted in zones throughout the wetland.The services of a WetlandCare Australia wetland scientist will also be engaged to guide and oversee the activities.
Over three consecutive years WetlandCare Australia and the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA) have provided funds directly to landholders for wetland rehabilitation and conservation in priority wetland areas.
The Sustainable Wetlands on NSW Coastal Landscapes project invested over $530,000 in more than 1,300ha of on-ground wetland rehabilitation works, with flow on benefits to more than 28,000ha of immediately-adjoining priority wetlands. Project funding was provided by the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) through the Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority with assistance from the Northern Rivers CMA.
WetlandCare Australia has facilitated and undertaken approximately 90 ha of wetland restoration in the Clarence River estuary, near Yamba in northern NSW.
Fish Unlimited, an innovative environmental project which aimed to repair over 130 ha of fish habitat stretching from Tweed Heads to Ballina NSW. Landholders were paid to conduct agreed on-ground works and also receive fair market-value stewardship payments for "lost" productivity on the private land returned to fish habitat. Seventy percent (70 %) of repaired fish habitat will be privately owned grazing or sugar cane land, and thirty percent (30%) will be owned or managed by Local Government or Traditional Owners.
Identified as a high priority wetland in the Mid Murray Local Action Plan (MMLAP 2000) the project addressed key wetland degradation issues associated with changes to the natural hydrological regime, past and present management practices, and the invasion of pest plant species.
Thanks to OneSteel, Waratah's new Fencing Grants Program, WetlandCare Australia has received a grant of $1205.00 including GST that has enabled the group to fund the fencing of a 1.5ha wetland rehabilitation area within a private property in Knockrow, NSW.
Funded under the Federal Government Sustainable Regions Program, the project was designed to improve the health and extent of fish habitat (target 130 ha) in both estuarine and freshwater reaches of the Richmond, Brunswick and Tweed River catchments in northern NSW.
Wetland Care Australia has coordinated a series of projects in the North Coast region, including the 2001 NSW Environment Trust funded "Model Management Sites" project, all of which have identified the further awareness-raising needs of landholders and wetland managers.
WetlandCare Australia worked with landholders who were looking for assistance in managing their properties for biodiversity in the NSW NRCMA region.
This Wetland Management Plan was prepared in 1998. This project encompasses vegetation management, reinstatement of flow paths, control of exotic plants and feral animals and fire track maintenance. Funding for the initial works has allowed construction of two fords in 2002.
With funding from the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA, WetlandCare Australia worked with landowners to help conserve and enhance high conservation value (HCV) wetlands and threatened species in the Bungawalbin Catchment in Northern NSW.
This project to rehabilitated the Reedy Creek Lagoon at Paringa by the enhancement of flows to halt silt accumulation. This will be achieved by larger flow capacity in the causeway through the installation of 4 600mm pipes.
WetlandCare Australia has secured Recreational Fishing Trust funds administered by NSW Fisheries for its project – Little Broadwater: Wetland Rehabilitation, Fish Passage, which will restore natural tidal flow to approximately 100 ha of former fish habitat by opening floodgates to a former estuarine wetland known as Little Broadwater Swamp.
The Lower Bungawalbin Riparian Restoration Project was a three year project completed in 2006. The project was run by Bungawalbin Catchment Management Group in conjunction with WetlandCare Australia and funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.
The Living Wetlands Fund was a monetary grant provided by Environment Australia to aid wetland rehabilitation throughout Australia. The fund was devolved to community groups and managed by Wetland Care Australia. It was first launched in 2000 and has continued through to 2003, during which time 33 local organisations across Australia have received funding.
Mynumai Lagoon is an 8 hectare lagoon located 4km east of the town of Coraki in Northern NSW, Australia. WetlandCare Australia has worked on several project from 2003 to 2007 including fencing, planting and aquatic weed removal. The lagoon remains open and water quality continues to improve with fish and birds now returning.
The East Chickiba SEPP 14 wetland is located in East Ballina on the Far North Coast of NSW. WetlandCare Australia was commissioned by Ballina Shire Council in 2008 to carry out an Environmental Impact Study and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to examine the state of Chickiba SEPP 14 wetlands and determine which measures can be employed to improve the function of the wetland.
After 80 years of being alienated from marine and estuarine waters, Shallow Channel in the lower Clarence River Estuary, NSW, has been reunited with tidal flows. In 2008, a $420,000 double-celled box culvert was constructed at Shallow Channel Causeway. It was initially facilitated by WetlandCare Australia, with funds contributed by: the Recreational Fishing Community Grants Program; Clarence Valley Council, NSW Department of Primary Industries’ ‘Bringing Back the Fish’ program; and Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority. Installation of the culvert was managed by Clarence Valley Council.
The Wetland Restoration Strategy (WRS) for the Belongil-Cumbebin Wetland Complex (B-CWC) is part of the North Coast Catchment Management Authority strategy to provide better management of the natural resources. The WRS builds on previous work conducted by a number of organisations and stakeholder groups working on issues such as acid sulfate soils, estuary management, stormwater management and weed control.
The primary focus of the project is to promote and direct landholders to the various options for funding and management assistance for aquatic ecosystems on private land that they can access.
The Upper Tweed River sub-catchment is the headwaters of the Tweed River in north-eastern NSW. The Upper Tweed sub-catchment was identified in the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority Draft Catchment Action Plan (2006) as a high priority sub-catchment for protection and rehabilitation as it has "significant conservation value and contributes to town water supply" (NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation 1999).
Reef Rescue is $200 million five-year, Australian Government initiative to improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef. The goal of the Reef Rescue program is to improve the quality of runoff entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. It aims to do this by increasing the adoption of land management practices that reduce the runoff of nutrients, pesticides and sediments from agricultural land.
WetlandCare Australia in partnership with the Burnett Mary Regional Group worked on the identification and implementation of on-ground works for strategic wetland targets, including collaboration with key stakeholders,supporting wetland project planning and facilitation throughout the region.
WetlandCare Australia produced 'Wetland Rehabilitation Guidelines for Queensland's GBR Catchments' on behalf of the Queensland Wetlands Programme. These Guidelines give practical guidance on wetland rehabilitation for farmers, community groups, local councils, Queensland Government agencies, natural resources management bodies and the community.
NQ Dry Tropics is funding activities on properties within the catchments that fl ow into Bowling Green Bay Ramsar Wetlands.
WetlandCare Australia has been working in partnership with the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) in reducing threats to the Great Sandy Strait Ramsar Wetland and coastal systems.