The Gingham Watercourse - a pipeline to restoration
Landholders and local wetlands are seeing the benefits of a pipeline project in the Gwydir valley.
The NSW Rivers Environmental Restoration Program (RERP) was jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative through the Water Smart Australia Program. A NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) project within the program was to install a pipeline to supply domestic water to homesteads in the Gingham Watercourse, part of the Gwydir Wetlands system. By installing this pipeline, the extensive network of open drains that previously delivered household water could be closed.
OEH undertook to close the channel and install physical blocks at key locations, to limit the continual draining of wetland areas and promote a more natural flooding regime. These measures in turn, supported natural wetland processes with the purpose of restoring the Gingham Watercourse and its important wetlands.
These video products reflect on the local landholders' experience of the project and the environmental outcomes of wetlands restoration to date. The initial target was to restore 3000 hectares of key wetlands habitat, however most recent estimates are that at least 5000 hectares have actually been achieved.