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24 Darlot Street, Horsham, 3400
(enter via Gleed St)

Postal Address:
PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
Fax: (03) 5382 6076
Email: wcma@wcma.vic.gov.au
 
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World Wetlands Day 2019

Jan 22, 2019
 
World Wetlands Day

February 2 is World Wetlands Day! 
The Wimmera is blessed to have some great wetlands including: the Ramsar-listed Lake Albacutya, nationally recognised important wetlands like Lake Hindmarsh, and we have many more including the Natimuk-Douglas saline wetland system and over 3000 other wetlands scattered across the region from Elmhurst to Edenhope and Brim to Brimpaen. Find out more about these on our Wetlands page.

The Wimmera is also home to some other wetlands that Wimmera CMA in conjunction with VEWH and GWMWater have been able to supply water from the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline for the last 5 years. They are on a mix of private and public land and provide habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna, including several threatened species.  These wetlands are: Carapugna, Challambra Swamp, Crow Swamp, Fielding’s Dam, Harcoans, Mutton Swamp, Opie’s Dam, Pinedale, Sawpit Swamp, Tarkedia and Wal Wal Swamp.

Climate and land use change have led to reductions in the volume of water that flow into these wetlands.  However our wetlands are very resilient and flourish with life (the boom) after long periods of being dry (the bust).

Wetlands are great for so many reasons; they have immense cultural significance, they can help reduce flooding after storms, they help improve water quality, they provide valuable habitat for wetland plants, birds and animals, they can be integrated in a productive farm through crash grazing at appropriate times and they are a wonderful place for us to enjoy too, especially when they contain water.


Here is some information about the wetlands from the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline filled wetlands project that Wimmera CMA in cooperation with VEWH and GWMWater have been able to provide inflows into, from Wimmera Mallee Pipeline savings, and monitor for the last five years: 

Carapugna  

Carapugna

Carapugna is on public land near Watchem. It supports an amazing diversity of plants including the threatened Ridged Water Milfoil and Chariot Wheels. 

 Challambra Swamp   Challambra Swamp

Challambra Swamp is located near Warracknabeal is on a mix of private and public land and with the water comes large numbers of wood ducks and teal. Unfortunately they are very camera shy
 Crow Swamp  

Crow Swamp

Crow Swamp is on public land at Tarranyurk this wetland contains a remarkably large Spiny Lignum, a threatened species. It stood alone for many years until environmental watering meant that its seed were able to germinate and survive.
 Fieldings Dam  

Fieldings Dam

Fieldings Dam is located on private land near Watchem, environmental water helps sustain the health of an enormous Black Box scar tree.
 Harcoans  

Harcoans

Harcoans is situated on public land near Minyip, in 2016 hundreds of ibis, ducks and other waterbirds enjoyed the high water levels due to the wet winter and spring. 
 Mutton Swamp  

Mutton Swamp

Mutton Swamp is on public land south of Rupanyup and was originally set aside to be the town’s water storage. Environmental watering is leading to the vegetation transitioning from weeds to wetland grasses and sedges. 
 Opies Dam    

Opie’s Dam 

Opie’s Dam is on private property near Murtoa and once supported a thriving population of the endangered Growling Grass Frog.
 Pinedale    

Pinedale

Pinedale is on private land near Brim and environmental watering leads to an enormous boom of life to the delight of the landowners who have done an outstanding job of looking after the wetland through managing pest plants and animals.
 Sawpit Swamp    

Sawpit Swamp

Sawpit Swamp is located on public land near Murtoa and whilst the swamp does not hold water for a very long time, there is usually an abundance of Old Man Weed or Sneezeweed that grows once it dries out. It has a very distinctive fragrance and was value by Aboriginal people for its medicinal properties. 
 Tarkedia    

Tarkedia

Tarkedia is on public land near Sheep Hills and has undergone an impressive transformation as environmental water has improved the wetland vegetation and wetland birds like grebes have benefitted immensely.  
 Wal Wal Swamp    

Wal Wal Swamp

Wal Wal Swamp is on public land at (surprise, surprise) Wal Wal. It has some enormous River Red Gums that benefit from environmental watering. 

Find out more about Wetlands in the Wimmera on our Wetlands page.