Join us to celebrate World Wetlands Day
Every year, the Emu Park Community Bushcare Group help run a community event to celebrate World Wetlands Day at Bicentennial Lagoon in Emu Park.
Each year the group works with a large number of other community groups and the council to run this free community event at Bicentennial Lagoon, including information displays, native plant giveaways, kids activities, guest speakers and a free sausage sizzle. Why not join in the fun and maybe learn something about wetlands too?
Officially, World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 2, to commemorate the date of the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971. 2011 was the 40th anniversary of this important agreement, which has helped ensure the sustainability of many internationally significant wetlands that provide ecosystem services for our community, and habitat for plants, animals and especially migratory birds.
Emu Park Community Bushcare Group recognises the importance of wetlands. Some important functions of wetlands include:
- They provide habitats for plants and animals
- They act as kidneys in the system and help filter and cleanse our water
- They can help mitigate floods
- They are beautiful and unique spots ideal for recreation and relaxation.
Back in 2000, Bicentennial Park in Emu Park had degraded and denuded areas, including a salt scald. Capricorn Coast Landcare Group led a local revegetation project where students, families, groups and politicians got their hands dirty to plant 3,600 trees. The project actually inspired the formation of the Emu Park Community Bushcare Group, which has gone on to plant 8,000 plants in the area and rehabilitate the lagoon. Bushcare members also monitor water quality in the lagoon.
Thanks to good wet seasons, the lagoon is doing really well and providing good bird watching opportunities too. BBQ facilities beside make it a good spot for a family outing.