Plan Of Management Adopted For Campbells Wetland

Wednesday, 24 Feb 2021

Plan Of Management Adopted For Campbells Wetland Griffith City Council adopted the Plan of Management (PoM) for Campbell’s Wetland (formerly known as Campbell’s Swamp_ at last night’s Council Meeting, which aims to outline how the Wetland will be managed into the future.
Located within the Lake Wyangan catchment, the reserve is made up of spectacular natural wetlands the local community and visitors can enjoy.
Council is the appointed Crown Land Manager to manage the reserve on behalf of the Crown and the PoM will assist Council in ensuring this important Wetland is protected.
Within the Lake Wyangan catchment there is located three wetlands known as Campbell’s, Tharbogang and Nericon. Specific PoMs have been completed for Campbell’s Wetland and Nericon Wetland.
Director Sustainable Development, Mr Phil Harding said the management issues within Campbell’s Wetland differ from Nericon and Tharbogang Wetlands as Campbell’s receives delivery of environmental water. 
“The proximity of Campbell’s, Nericon and Tharbogang Wetland to South Lake Wyangan (Jack Carson Wildlife Refuge) and North Lake Wyangan confirm their connectivity and the importance of these areas for migratory birds,”
“This PoM for Campbell’s Wetland considers future development, planning and resource management of the reserve.”
Together with Nericon Wetlands, Campbell’s Wetland has potential for increased eco-tourism and education opportunities.  Campbell’s Wetland is easy to access, with a car park, boardwalk and the opportunity for viewing of migratory birds from a constructed bird hide.  
The PoM proposes to support improved adaptive management of Campbell’s Wetland and its linkages to Nericon and Tharbogang Wetlands within the broader Lake Wyangan Basin, and:
 
  • To improve and protect biodiversity and ecological values with regard to its hydrological environment, flora and fauna habitat;
  • To potentially maintain and conserve the location’s biodiversity and its ecosystem function;
  • To potentially provide for continued restoration and regeneration of the land;
  • To provide for improved community use of and access to the land;
  • To increase awareness through community education and improved eco-tourism opportunities for both Griffith City Council and the broader community; and
  • To increase partnership involvement of key stakeholders.
Native title has been considered throughout the drafting of the PoM for Campbell’s Wetland.  The adoption of the draft PoM for Campbell’s Wetland authorises continued use of the lands for Natural Area – Wetland and any future development that may accord with such use in the future.
Griffith Mayor, Councillor John Dal Broi said the adoption of the PoM is an important part of the process of protecting Campbell’s Wetland.
“Council is committed to ensuring our natural environment is preserved and protected – Campbell’s Wetland is recognised as a significant habitat for a range of water birds, including a number of threatened native species, including the Australasian Bittern, and water birds listed on International treaties,” he said.
“This PoM will assist Council in protecting the current environment, as well as outline ways in which we can improve the amenity for locals and visitors in the future.”
Council will advise when the PoM is available for public comment.
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