The Wetlands Project aims to convert an abandoned brick pit into public parkland and a natural storm-water treatment system by restoring local ecosystems. The project activates ongoing community involvement through FROGS (Friends and Residents of Goulburn’s Swamplands Landcare Inc.) and was initiated when, following an initiative of The Goulburn Group, Goulburn Mulwaree Council voted unanimously in October 2010 to support and help carry out this current project.
$70,000 was sourced by The Goulburn Group from the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program for Stage 1, which was completed in May 2012. Council allocated up to $25,000 to supplement the NSW Government grant.
Further, the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority contributed $20,000 towards the project. These funds will assist with completion of Stage 1, with the balance allocated to weed removal and plant propagation. In-kind contributors include Goulburn Mulwaree Council as well as The Goulburn Group, Goulburn Field Naturalists Society, Society for Growing Australian Plants – Southern Tablelands Branch, TAFE, Mission Australia, Middle Arm Bush Fire Brigade and other community groups.
TGG members in collaboration with FROGS Landcare volunteers have been working hard over recent months to finalise the NSW Environmental Trust Grant with extensive turfing around the heritage site and planting along the river. A number of TGG members are also FROGS volunteers doing the hard yards on the ground and in the “TGG back office”!