National Wetlands Update 2012
Issue No. 20, February 2012
Australian Capital Territory Government Update
Monitoring and rehabilitation of internationally recognised sub-alpine Sphagnum bogs is continuing in the ACT after the 2003 fires. The rehabilitation techniques have been found to be highly successful in helping the wetlands to recover to functional condition. Captive-bred northern corroboree frogs were release into Sphagnum bogs in spring 2011 to help bolster breeding.
The ACT Government is preparing a master plan for the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve, which is the largest lowland palustrine wetland in the ACT. The reserve has a biodiverse waterbird population that includes local, threatened and migratory species. It is located at the eastern end of Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin and provides a regionally important drought refuge for water birds. The plan aims to conserve and maintain the wetlands and recognise recreational, educational and research opportunities.
The ACT Government is also involved in the construction of wetlands within the Sullivans Creek Catchment in Canberra. The wetlands will improve the water quality, enhance urban biodiversity and provide stormwater for irrigation. In 2010 the Banksia St, O'Connor wetland was constructed. Two wetlands are under construction at Dickson and Lyneham. Community planting days and working bees are regularly held at the urban wetlands; for details visit:
- ACT Government - Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate: Constructed Wetlands.