Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today announced $9,640 for Jabiru Geenbienga Wetlands Restoration under the Federal Government’s Communities Environment Program.
Mr Hogan said this program is all about harnessing the passion of grassroots community organisations to deliver practical local projects that directly improve our local environment.
“This will support the wetlands team to clear the ponds and waterways of all the weeds and plant over 800 species native to the area,” Mr Hogan said.
Jabiru Geenbienga Wetlands group member Jill Lyons said they are thrilled to receive the funding and are planning two community tree planting days for local residents, schools and community groups.
“We will continue collaborating with Southern Cross University and the local indigenous community in bringing this important project together,” Ms Lyons said.
“This funding means we can start to rehabilitate and restore the wetlands to the original plans drawn up by the late Mick Thorman, who was part of the original project team in 1988.”
The wetlands are now home to 140 bird species including the Jabiru, Black Swans and many other water birds which you can observe in their natural habitat.
Richmond Valley Council Director of Infrastructure and Environment Angela Jones said the wetlands were in need of renewal and are developing a plan of management.
“Restoring the wetlands is a key project in Council’s Community Strategic Plan, and the opportunity existed for this precinct to become an important regional tourist destination as it also included the Casino Golf Course and Casino Mini-rail,” Ms Jones said
“An improved wetlands means enriched habitats and better facilities, which are exciting drawcards for birdwatchers and visitors who enjoy the outdoors.”