Friends unite for wetlands
COMMUNITY members have formed the Friends of Eric Singleton Wetlands group to protect the Bayswater wetlands, which were under threat of potential development.
The group’s vision is to create a freshwater habitat for birds and frogs after the City of Bayswater bought the Carter’s wetlands site last year.
NEWLY-formed Friends of Eric Singleton Wetlands group has adopted a “family-friendly” approach in protecting wetlands in Bayswater.
Following the City of Bayswater’s purchase of the Carter’s wetlands a year ago, the group formed in May to work with the City and ecoshop Environment House to restore the wetland, Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary and the Eric Singleton West site.
Restoration works have started, with contractors removing masses of weeds from the Eric Singleton West site, where the group plan to plant about 2000 trees next winter.
The group will hold workshops in January to educate families about restoration and the natural habitat.
Co-ordinator Nadine Wright-Toussaint said the group planned a twoyear restoration project.
“I am really hoping we can make it quite family friendly through other educational activities and other ways to appreciate and engage with this beautiful chunk of land that we are incredibly fortunate to have,” she said.
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, who helped with the campaign, said the State Government was working on rezoning opportunities for the Bayswater wetlands.
Friends of Eric Singleton Wetlands members Rachael Roberts and Nadine Wright with Maylands MLA Lisa Baker (centre).
Friends of Eric Singleton Wetlands group members Rachael Roberts and Nadine Wright Toussaint with Maylands MLA Lisa Baker (centre).