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Every year on 2nd February World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally to raise awareness of the importance of wetlands & hopefully result in more conservation of wetland areas around the world. The first World Wetlands Day was held in 1997. This year’s theme is ‘Wetlands & Tourism.’
From the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities website, “In 2009–10 tourism directly employed over half a million Australians & contributed $34 billion or 2.6 per cent to Australia’s gross domestic product. Many tourism destinations are at wetlands, including iconic sites such as Kakadu National Park. Wetlands also provide local tourism & recreational opportunities, including boating, fishing & bird watching.”
Our closest wetland is Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland managed by Canterbury Council who are having an open day at the wetland on Saturday 17th March 2012 from 10am-1pm.
Canterbury Council run many community environmental activities & don’t mind people from out of their area joining in. If it interests you, a new working group is starting on March 17th & then the third Saturday of each month. Activities will be weeding, planting & maintaining the wetland. Training, tools & equipment is provided. Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland is located at Heynes Reserve, Berna Street Canterbury. For more information contact: Environmental Strategy Team Leader 9789-9422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I think Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland is a stunning place & visit often taking others for a look. It’s always beautiful & always changing. The Wetland is a huge improvement of what was once a large area of lawn & is a boon for urban wildlife with all sorts of birds, frogs & turtles taking up residence. This whole section of the Cooks River is very beautiful with much variety & bird life so it is a great walk, not too far & mostly flat.
While I was checking details of the open day at Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland I noticed that Canterbury Council had other environmental activities set out in their 6-month calendar for 2012. They will be doing community tree planting in March, April, May & June. Presumably this will continue for the second half of 2012.
- In March 500 native trees, shrubs and grasses will be planted at Karne Street Reserve Riverwood. Native vegetation will be planted at Cup and Saucer Creek Wetland.
- In April 300 native trees, shrubs & grasses will be planted at Heynes Reserve Canterbury.
- In May 200 native trees, shrubs & grasses will be planted at Wiley Park, Wiley Park.
- In June 1,000 native trees, shrubs & grasses will be planted at Salt Pan Creek Reserve Riverwood.
That’s a total of 2,000 native trees, shrubs & grasses. Canterbury Council are happy for anyone to join in on these activities so for more details – http://www.canterbury.nsw.gov.au/www/html/73-whats-on-in-canterbury.asp
While Marrickville Council only do tree planting on National Tree Day, there are other environmental volunteering activities supported by Council. However, there are no tree planting events planned through to April 2012, nor is there 2012 calendar dates set for the other volunteer activities, except for Clean Up Australia Day. I guess you would need to contact Council for information if you were interested in participating in these activities. They are listed here – http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/environment/in_your_community/volunteering.html?s=0
I made a short video of Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYdqqoBpLoA
& later here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJkqDYTZRjg