Macquarie Marshes and Gwydir Wetlands, New South Wales
Australian Government Funding: $13,400,000
About the project
The plan has improved the health of the internationally significant Macquarie Marshes and Gwydir Wetlands. The Marshes and Wetlands were listed in the Ramsar Convention as under ecological stress as a result of drought, and land and water management practices. The plan incorporated a suite of sub-projects with strategies to develop knowledge of wetland and environmental water management, provide on-ground environmental improvement through noxious weed management and improved flow regimes.
The NSW Wetland Recovery Plan has:
- improved the health of the Ramsar listed Macquarie Marshes and Gwydir Wetlands by addressing the environmental stress resulting from land and water management
- developed plans for the Macquarie Marshes and Gwydir Wetlands initiatives that are suitable as pilots for other important wetlands in NSW
- established Environmental Water Management Trusts for both the Macquarie Marshes and Gwydir Wetlands
- generated water savings through the use of more water efficient infrastructure, such as piping of open channel water delivery systems
- enabled the transfer of water savings to environmental managers to improve flow regimes in wetlands.
The project is now complete and the final report is available below.
Further information may be found on the NSW Wetland Recovery Program website
Water Smart Australia projects are funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.