Marrambidya Wetland Community Open Day on this Sunday
Published: 29 May 2018 3:36pm
Marrambidya Wetland Community Open Day on this Sunday - 16 June 2016
The Marrambidya Wetland Community Open Day will be held this Sunday, 19 June after being postponed due to wet weather earlier in the month.
The wetland was officially opened on 3 June with a Welcome to Country, traditional smoking ceremony and release of 20,000 fish.
The free event will feature everything from Wiradjuri Storytelling to surveying fauna nest boxes.
The wetland features three pond areas and a deep water channel, which will allow aquatic animals refuge from warmer surface temperatures during the hot summer months.
The Marrambidya Wetland project is a joint initiative of Council, the NSW Environmental Trust, with support from Riverina Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government, together with the Federal Government’s Green Army program planting about 18,000 seedlings.
The wetland has links to the Wiradjuri Reserve, Wilks Park and the Riverside Precinct via the Wiradjuri Walking Track. For more information on the Marrambidya Wetland, visit www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/wetland.
Community open day
When: Sunday 19 June, 10am-2pm
Where: Narrung Street, Wagga Wagga
Free scheduled activities:
10.30am: Water sampling/ water bugs activity
11am: Seed balls
11.30am: Wiradjuri Storytelling
Noon: Free sausage sizzle
12.30pm: Maliyaa Dance Group
1pm: Water sampling/ water bugs activity
1.30pm: Wiradjuri Storytelling
Ongoing free activities:
- Fauna nest box surveys
- Reed planting
- Treasure hunt
- Face painting
- Spear throwing
Benefits of the Marrambidya Wetland project
The project will create an aquatic, passive reaction facility with a range of benefits for the wider community, including:
- Reducing the impact of nutrient discharge on the river
- Developing a wildlife habitat that will attract water birds, and encourage the return of migratory birds
- Recreating links to the Indigenous heritage of the area
- Enhancing our region’s biodiversity
- Promoting the stocking and breeding of endangered fish species
- Providing an educational resource focusing on aquatic ecology
- Establishing an environmental management showpiece
- Creating a new tourist attraction for the city