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Come and realise the potential of our local wetlands

Coastal wetlands provide habitat for a multitude of birds and animal species. They protect our shoreline from severe weather events and help to purify our water. They also have the potential to sequester more carbon than tropical rainforests. 

Members of the public who would like to learn more about the unique wetlands of the Eurobodalla region are invited to attend a free workshop to be held at the Batemans Bay Community Centre on Sunday, 28 September.

WetlandCare Australia, Australia's leading not-for-profit wetland conservation organisation, will host the workshop which will focus on of the importance of wetlands, their role in climate change adaptation and mitigation and their contribution to productive agricultural landscapes. 

The workshop will be followed by a field trip to the nearby Clyde River where participants can have a closer look at the factors that influence wetland health and productivity.

Simone Haigh from WetlandCare Australia is encouraging anyone with an interest in wetlands to attend the event.

"The aim of the workshop is to help people gain a better understanding of wetlands, the activities impacting wetland health and how to better manage these valuable natural resource assets in the long-term," Ms Haigh said.

South East Local Land Services Wetlands Biodiversity Officer, Sonia Bazzacco will also be attendance on the day to talk to participants about funding opportunities to support wetland protection and restoration works.

"South East Local Land Services, with support and funding from the NSW and Australian Governments, can provide assistance with works aimed at managing wetlands on public and private property. So if you're a primary producer, hobby farmer, keen birdwatcher or Landcarer we would like you to come along to find out more."

The workshop will commence at 10:30 am at the Batemans Bay Community Centre, 2 Museum Place, Batemans Bay and conclude at 3 pm at the Clyde River wetlands. Participants should bring a hat, sunscreen, waterproof footwear (gumboots), insect repellent and their own lunch.

To register your interest to attend or for further information please contact: Simone Haigh, WetlandCare Australia on (02) 6681 6169 or email simonehaigh@wetlandcare.com.au.