NEWCASTLE WETLAND CONNECTIONS was a 4-year federally funded project as part of the Caring for our Country program, and ran from 2013 to 2017. The project aimed to improve the condition, function, resilience & biodiversity of urban waterways in the Ironbark Creek catchment, in particular Boatmen Creek. The creek is a highly modified aquatic corridor that flows from the top of Braye Park through the University’s Callaghan bushland campus and freshwater wetlands, which ultimately flow into environmentally significant Ramsar-listed freshwater wetlands at the Hunter Wetlands Centre.
The project was delivered with fourteen partners including land managers, community groups & education institutions.
On-ground works were undertaken to stabilise erosion, remove sediment, control sediment & nutrient inputs, treat weeds & install native vegetation. The project featured education to engage the local community, and employment and training for indigenous bush regenerators.
The project was led by WetlandCare Australia and completed by Conservation Volunteers Australia following the merger of the two organisations in July 2015.
Newcastle Wetland Connections project had three major themes: