Focus on wapentake wetlands

CONSERVATION Volunteers Australia (CVA) shifted their environmental focus earlier this week to some of Gladstone region’s wetlands this week when a group of volunteers headed up to Wapentake.

The group conducted the Wapentake Wetlands Mangrove Workshop.

The workshop was aimed at spreading the word regarding the negative pressures that this area is facing.

Information was also revealed about the measures now being taken to prevent these negative pressures from continuing.

Volunteers, personnel and members of the community came out to support the informative workshop.

Wapentake is a coastal wetland area of mangrove, salt marsh and saltpan communities adjacent to the southern road access to Gladstone and the industrial area of South Trees Drive.

With the support of Rio Tinto Alcan’s Community Fund, CVA has been tackling the weed and rubbish issues of this significant wetland for the past seven months.

During this period, more than 3600 kilograms of rubbish was removed from the Wapentake wetlands site.

CVA Gladstone regional manager Cassandra Jones said workshop topics included why the wetlands are important, plant identification (mangroves) and threats to our wetlands such as illegal dumping of rubbish and fishing, erosion and weeds.

For more information or if you are interested in joining Conservation Volunteers Australia phone them on 4972 4969. See www.conservationvolunteers.com.au.



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