10th July 2012
The community supports the full protection of the entire Hexham Wetlands in the National Parks Estate so that it can be managed properly, says Green Corridor Coalition convenor Michael Osborne.
“Hunter Water owns important high conservation value wetlands at Minmi and Shortland and these should be handed back for reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act,” spokesperson for the Green Corridor Coalition Michael Osborne said today.
“The wetlands and adjoining areas owned by Hunter Water at Minmi and Shortland are part of Hexham Swamp, form a critical connection in the Lower Hunter Green Corridor and should be protected as part of the Hunter Wetlands National Park,” he said.
“Protecting these areas would reinforce the decision of Newcastle Council last Tuesday night to start the process of getting international recognition for the Hunter wetlands,” he said.
On Tuesday night, Newcastle City Council unanimously resolved to work with the state and federal governments to extend the boundary of the Hunter Estuary Wetlands Ramsar site to include Hexham Swamp, Pambalong Swamp, Tomago Wetlands, Ash Island, the Hunter Wetlands National Park and the wetlands at Fullerton Cove. A Ramsar site recognises the wetland as having international significance.
“The transfer of these lands would not affect Hunter Water’s ‘bottom line’ as it would be a paper transfer from one state government entity (Hunter Water) to another (National Parks and Wildlife Service),” he said.
“This would be an important addition to the biodiversity corridor known as the Green Corridor that runs from the Watagan range to Port Stephens,” he said.
For more information please contact
Michael Osborne, Green Corridor Coalition convenor on 0439 442 984.