Wetlands AustraliaNational Wetlands Update 2012
Issue No. 20, February 2012
New South Wales Government Update
In 2010-2011 NSW delivered environmental water to wetlands across the state. Together with natural floods, the water produced extensive inundation at sites such as Narran Lakes and the Darling Anabranch. The ecological response was dramatic, with some of the largest bird and fish breeding events seen since 2000, along with significant vegetation regeneration.
Through NSW RiverBank, the NSW Rivers Environmental Restoration Program (RERP), the NSW Wetland Recovery Program (WRP) and The Living Murray Initiative, NSW has water holdings totalling 351 746 megalitres. Of this total, 11 603 megalitres of water entitlement was purchased in 2010-11.
WRP also delivered the final Gwydir Wetlands Adaptive Environmental Management Plan in February 2011, jointly funded by NSW and Australian Government's Water for the Future Program. Read more at:
The year also saw the completion of the highly successful $181.12 million RERP. Highlights of the program included the purchase of four wetland properties, completion of two major fishways, infrastructure improvements in Yanga National Park, completion of the Gingham pipeline and landholder agreements securing wetland outcomes on more than 3200 hectares of private land.
Funded by NSW Riverbank and the Australian Government Water for the Future Program, the RERP Final Report is available at: