World Wetlands Day 2001: Australia
Morwell River Wetlands
We will be celebrating Word Wetland Day 2001 in the Latrobe Valley region of southern Victoria, Australia on 2/2/2001 with a public inspection and lunch at the developing Morwell River Wetlands. See attached advertisement and photo.
This project is coordinating several wetland developments and aims to re-establish wetlands similar to those that existed in this area prior to European settlement over 100 years ago.
The attached strategy has been developed by members and supporters including industry, local and state government as well as interested community groups and individuals.
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World Wetlands Day
Friday 2nd February, 2001
Come and celebrate the development of our Morwell River Wetlands.
The Morwell River Wetlands Committee invites you to a free light lunch, refreshments and site tour from 11.00am 2.00 pm.
How to get there:
Turn off the Princes Freeway onto the Morwell Thorpdale Rd (Strzlecki Highway). Meet at the cattleyards entrance to the Wetlands 400m from the roundabout.
For further information and to register please contact Dale Simmons, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. Ph: 51 757800 Mob: 0409 436 059 firstname.lastname@example.org
Morwell River Wetlands:
The Restoration of an Icon
Before European settlement, the Morwell River provided a major floodplain tributary of the LaTrobe River and the Gippsland Lakes. A major wetland area extended from the confluence with the LaTrobe River, as far upstream as Boolarra.
Over time, the wetlands associated with the river have been eaten away by land development and river diversions that have been built in less than an environmentally friendly way.
The opportunity now exists to coordinate several projects along the Morwell River. The result could see wetlands re-established similar to those which existed prior to European habitation.
Recreating the Morwell River Wetlands
Re creation of habitat
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Management of the asset
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Detailed Management Plans for each of the above areas are currently under development.
How to be involved:
Join in the activities promoted in the local media:
Volunteer to undertake specific tasks
Join the Committee or the Friends group
Contact the Morwell River Wetlands Committee at:
PO Box 1744
The Morwell River Wetlands Committee is a cooperative group overseeing and coordinating the outcomes with regard to wetlands of various current projects impacting on the lower floodplain of the Morwell River.
Members and supporters include:
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
Environment Protection Authority (Vic)
Geo-Eng Australia Pty Ltd
Field & Game Australia Gippsland
City of Latrobe
Monash University Gippsland Student Union Environment Association
Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists Club (Inc)
Several individual community members