The Slaters Creek team is ready to transform weeds into wetland on World Wetlands Day.
The Slaters Creek team is ready to transform weeds into wetland on World Wetlands Day. Contributed

Turning weeds into habitat this World Wetlands Day

A WEEDY patch of land in North Lismore will be planted out with 1000 native trees and grasses to celebrate World Wetlands Day on January 31.

Lismore City Council environmental strategies coordinator Vanessa Tallon invited families to come and plant, mulch and restore the Slaters Creek site on the day.

Weed infestation

"After years of clearing and livestock grazing, Slaters Creek has become infested with weeds and a haven for the invasive coral tree," she said.

"Over the last five years the Banyam/Baigham Landcare Group has been meeting regularly to rid the once-fertile wetland of weeds and replant native grasses and trees along the creek bank.

"To finish replanting the entire creek we need new volunteers to help. One day we hope to see Slaters Creek flourish again as a healthy and vibrant wetland."

Learn more about wetlands

WetlandCare Australia intern Shae Kolk said it was "a wonderful opportunity for families and individuals to learn more about wetlands while helping to restore floodplain vegetation and improve water quality in our catchment".

Lismore City Council constructed wetland at the creek in 2014 to improve water quality.

This combined work has attracted wildlife and rebuilt lost habitat.

Science walk and talk

At the event, the Northern Rivers Science Hub will lead a science walk and talk on wetlands and their importance to coastal floodplain catchments.

Aunty Thelma James will also give a talk on the history and cultural significance of the area to the Banyam/Baigham people.

The community is invited to attend the World Wetlands Day event at the northern end of Pine St, which is off Terania St, from 9am to 1pm this Sunday.

World Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997 to raise public awareness of the importance of wetlands and the ecysystems they support.

Event hosts

Lismore City Council partnered with WetlandCare Australia, Conservation Volunteers Australia, the Northern Rivers Science Hub, Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council and Banyam Baigham Landcare Group to host the event.



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