Help care for wetlands

A bar tailed godwit, one of the migratory birds that can be found in the North Creek wetland.
A bar tailed godwit, one of the migratory birds that can be found in the North Creek wetland.

WetlandCare Australia is holding a community tree planting day in Ballina next Saturday, February 5, to celebrate World Wetlands Day.

It will be held at East Ballina Crown Land reserve at the end of Ainsworth Close, just next to the Ballina Golf Course, from 9am to 12pm.

WetlandCare Australia is also holding an informative display about North Creek at the Northern Rivers Community Art Gallery from next Thursday, February 2, to Sunday, February 5. Visitors can also view selected winning works from the WetlandCare Australia art and photography competition which are on display at the gallery during this time.

North Creek is one of the 20 wetlands targeted for environmental restoration works as it's of extremely high environmental value and contains a number of endangered ecological communities such as saltmarsh and littoral rainforest, as well as being one of the most important migratory bird landing sites in the Northern Rivers. Some of the threats currently facing the wetland include weed invasion, habitat loss and poor water quality.

World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, on the February 2, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar. This is a global environmental treaty, to which Australia is a signatory, whose member countries agree to look after their wetlands of international importance and to plan for the sustainable use of all of the wetlands in their territories.

This year's World Wetlands Day theme is 'Wetlands and Tourism'.

"As well as all the other important things wetlands do such as cleaning and filtering water, providing protection in extreme weather events and improving fish stocks, healthy wetlands are a great tourism drawcard," WetlandCare Australia Laura White said. "Well-managed tourism contributes to the long-term benefits that wetlands provide to people, wildlife, economics, and biodiversity."

To register for the tree planting event or for more information phone Laura on 6681 6169 or email laurawhite@

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