Wetland clean-up in the Kwinana-Peel region
Released 25 May 2009
Staff from the department's Kwinana and Mandurah offices recently rolled up their sleeves together for a major site clean-up while the 12 hectare wetland on Hope Valley Road, Kwinana was relatively dry.
Braving the sometimes knee-deep mud they removed around a dozen car tyres, various parts of car bodies, and other miscellaneous dumped items such as life buoys, and even a kitchen sink.
The Department of Water's Ribbons of Blue coordinator Catherine Johnston said the extremely degraded Long Swamp was historically used for agricultural purposes and had been used as a dumping ground by the general public.
Ms Johnston said the department's staff efforts bolstered the Wetlands Restoration and Action Project (WRAP) project which is focused on protecting and restoring the wetlands of the Kwinana-Peel region.
"WRAP brings together people from industry, state and local government agencies, community, schools, local interest groups and business to restore, manage and protect local wetlands and waterways," Ms Johnston said.
"Long Swamp is a major site for WRAP action and the project is co-ordinated by Ribbons of Blue and sponsored by Tiwest Joint Venture.
"Ribbons of Blue has partnered with the WA Planning Commission, which owns and manages the site, the Town of Kwinana, and local experts and community groups such as Birds Australia WA to protect and care for the wetland.
"A first action was to fence the site, which has prevented further dumping but not the illegal entry of determined recreational 4WDs and trail-bikes.
"Weed control and clean-up of the site have been other priority tasks.
"The final pile of rubbish was impressive, although seemed rather small in view of the effort it took to remove it.
"The clean-up of the site is a major part of helping to improve public perceptions of wetlands, which are often viewed as 'only swamps'.
"When people start to value their wetlands then they start to be involved in their care and protection."
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441