The Walker Swamp restoration project has been completed thanks to the Ararat Rural City Council and their partnership with Nature Glenelg Trust (NGT). Being located in the Ararat Rural City district, south-west of Willaura, Walker Swamp has been restored to its natural state.
Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the Council helped fund the upgrade of Lynch’s Crossing Road, which runs through the swamp and allows visitors access to view the flora and fauna that has returned to the swamp.
“Ararat Rural City Council takes an active interest in any projects that improve the natural environment for current and future generations and this is especially relevant when that project is within our municipality,” Dr Harrison said.”
“Council congratulates the project partners for their hard work in restoring Walkers Swamp.”
“The upgrade to Lynch’s Crossing Road provides ongoing benefits for the region’s community and as such Council was pleased to support these works.”
The Council contributed $10,000 towards the cost of upgrading the road, which has had to be raised and culverts installed to enable natural water flows under the road.
NGT Senior Ecologist, Dr Greg Kerr said the restoration project saw the purchase of the land around the swamp and the development of the NGT’s first wetland reserve in Victoria.
The swamp, a 4.5km2 floodplain within the Wannon River delta wetland complex, was drained decades ago in attempts to use the floodplain for agricultural purposes, and more recently, plantation forestry Dr Greg Kerr said.
Works to restore Walker Swamp included improvements to inundation patterns, wetland vegetation and biodiversity values by reversing the artificial drainage and removing the legacies of 150 years of grazing and 15 years of blue gum plantations.
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