The Hunter Wetland Centre Australia will receive a $91,639 NSW Government grant to restore wetland habitat and protect threatened water birds, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.
The funding grant is part of the NSW Government’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program, which encourages and enables organisations to protect, conserve and restore the state’s environment.
“The project will allow for the restoration of 3 hectares with 2 Endangered Ecological Communities of Freshwater Wetland and Swamp Sclerophyll Forest. This will occur through weeding plus propagation and revegetation with 9,000 tube-stock plants” Mr MacDonald said.
“The project will also increase foraging habitat for vulnerable Magpie Goose, and reduce weed infestation of endangered Australasian Bittern habitat in a key coastal refuge in the Hunter Estuary.”
“Revegetation will expand the area of endangered waterplant Zannichellia palustris.”
“Control of foxes and feral cats through baiting, trapping and shooting will reduce predation upon these threatened waterbirds, and provide a coastal nesting refuge for 4 species of Egrets.”
Mr David Crofts, Chair of the Hunter Wetlands Centre Board said that the Wetlands Centre is delighted with the support provided by the NSW Government.
“This grant will permit the Wetlands Centre to continue to restore its Site, provide improved habitat for threatened species, and a better experience for the Centre’s many visitors.”
“For over 30 years the Wetland Centre has built a strong partnership between the community and Government. The grant is a clear demonstration of the Government’s commitment to this partnership”, he said.
NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said this year’s grants enabled local groups to undertake important conservation work to improve the health of the state’s rivers and wetlands, control invasive species and conserve our threatened native plants and animals.
“The NSW Government has been supporting local organisations conserve the state’s diverse bushland, wildlife and heritage for more than two decades through this program,” Ms Upton said.
For more details visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/restoration.htm
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