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Bundock Wetlands

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Wetlands are areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres.

Wetlands are a vital element of national and global ecosystems and economies. At the most fundamental level, wetlands are a key part of the water cycle, playing critical roles in maintaining the general health of Australia's rivers, estuaries and coastal waters. Wetlands protect our shoreline from wave action, mitigate the impacts of floods, absorb pollutants and provide habitats for animals and plants, including a number of species that are threatened or endangered.

Wetlands are also critical to maintaining and improving our quality of life. They provide tangible benefits to the Australian economy, such as employment opportunities. Wetlands purify our water and are a focal point for recreational activities. They form nurseries for fish and other freshwater and marine life and as such are of critical importance to Australia's commercial and recreational fishing industries. In some areas, wetlands support grazing, forestry and cropping.

Despite a growing understanding of their many values and functions, wetlands remain one of our most threatened resources. They continue to be regarded by many as wastelands and their destruction continues. Where wetlands were once abundant, they have been destroyed or altered, without recognition of the long-term impacts these actions will have on our quality of life.

( Wetlands Policy of the Commonwealth Government of Australia, January 1997)

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Bundock Wetlands Art Competition

Hon. Laurie Brereton, Andrea Nash, Mayor Dominic Sullivan & Suzanne Dawson

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Links

  • Coastcare
  • Commonwealth Wetlands Policy
  • Department of Defence
  • Environment Australia
  • Gordon's Bay Volunteer Bush Regeneration Project
  • Eastern Beaches and Botany Bay Catchment Management Committee
  • Landcare (NSW)
  • Nature Conservation Council
  • Urban Bushland under Threat in Randwick
  • Headland Preservation Group (Middle Head)
  • ADI Residents Action Group, St Marys
  • Coogee Chamber of Commerce

    Michael Burton Email: M.Burton@unsw.edu.au
    Last updated: 2000-03-23