Wetlands are an essential part of our natural environment. Wetlands may be temporary or permanent bodies of water, and can include swamps, marshes, billabongs and lakes, and are either natural or man-made. They are natures kidneys, filtering pollutants and catching sediments as they flow through the wetland.
Floodwaters are trapped in wetlands where they are slowly delivered into our creek and river systems. This reduces the occurrence of flooding and erosion, and improves the quality of water that will eventually enter our bays and oceans.
Wetlands provide important habitat for our native flora and fauna including a number of endangered species. Frogs, fish, reptiles, mammals and birds all rely on wetlands for habitat. The nutrient rich waters have high numbers of freshwater organisms such as worms, snails, and insect larvae that provide abundant food for these larger vertebrates.
Wetlands are a great recreational facility and a place where you can observe our local flora and fauna up close. If you enjoy bird watching it is a great opportunity to view them in their natural environment.