National Wetlands Update 2012
Issue No. 20, February 2012
Warren to the Barwon Project, NSW
Central West Catchment Management Authority
The Macquarie River at Warren, NSW
(Rod Carr & DSEWPaC)
The Warren to Barwon Project is an initiative of the NSW Government and community members, which aims to assist in the control of invasive species in wetland and floodplain areas along the Macquarie River from Warren to the Barwon River, including the Ramsar listed Macquarie Marshes.
The aim of the project is to achieve a “win-win” result through trialling, monitoring and communicating enhanced biodiversity and primary production outcomes.
The project is a combined effort between landholders and various government departments including the Central West Catchment Management Authority, Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Department of Primary Industries, North West and Central West Livestock Health and Pest Authority, Invasive Animals CRC and University of New England. It is funded through the Australian Government's Caring for our Country program.
Currently there are several programs under way, including:
- invasive plant species: trials already established include methods to control invasive plant species including both exotic and invasive native species
- pig control: aerial shooting is taking place to control pigs in combination with work by the Invasive Animal CRC, which is trialling best practice on-ground baiting of pigs and monitoring the outcomes of various pig control methods
- exotic fish control: a common carp tracking and trapping program is under way to reduce numbers of carp and to assist the recovery of native fish populations. This value-adds to recent carp control investment by various levels of government.
For further information visit:
Lippia (a weed) at "Wilgara" in the Macquarie Marshes, NSW
(Bruce Gray & DSEWPaC)