Friends unite for wet­lands

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d488595

Friends of Eric Sin­gle­ton Wet­lands mem­bers Rachael Roberts and Na­dine Wright with May­lands MLA Lisa Baker (cen­tre).

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d488595

Friends of Eric Sin­gle­ton Wet­lands group mem­bers Rachael Roberts and Na­dine Wright Tous­saint with May­lands MLA Lisa Baker (cen­tre).

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