Come celebrate the Illawarra's wordly wetlands

World Wetlands Day celebrations are coming to the Illawarra and Shoalhaven on Friday 2 February 2018 with local organisations holding a range information sessions and events for the community.

Illawarra wetlands with scrub in the foreground, body of water middle ground and mountains in the background Simon Tedder from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) said there is no better way to mark this day of international significance than with a trip to a local wetland

“Wetlands might be overshadowed by the world-class beaches in the area but they actually provide invaluable services to the community and local environment,” Mr Tedder said.

“Wetlands offer storm and flood protection, act as sediment and nutrient filters, provide fisheries habitat and are important carbon storage banks.

“Put simply, they filter waste, cool surrounding air and provide urban green spaces, offering the chance to see some of our native birds and animals up close,” Mr Tedder said.

OEH is proud to support a range of organisations who are hosting the following free events that celebrate our wonderful wetlands:

Constructing wetlands to improve water quality with OEH Floodplain experts.
Meet 10am at Shellcove Park, Cove Blvd, Shell Cove.

Migratory Shorebird twitch with South Coast Shorebird volunteers and Conservation Volunteers Australia.
Meet at 9am, River Road Reserve, Shoalhaven Heads.

Callala Wetland Walkway opening with Shoalhaven Bushcare
Meet at 3pm, Cnr of Chisholm & Sheaffe streets, Callala Bay.

“Whatever you do this World Wetlands Day – remember the efforts of volunteer groups who tirelessly weed and revegetate wetland embankments for your wellbeing and enjoyment,” Mr Tedder added.

“Please also remember to keep your dog on a leash around wetlands to avoid disturbing the local birdlife or resident frogs and most importantly - love your local wetland!”

For more info on these events contact: simon.tedder@environment.nsw.gov.au

More information:  World Wetlands Day