The Wonthaggi Seed Bank received funding from a DEPI Communities for Nature Grant for the Wonthaggi Wetland Enhancement Program for four wetlands created by community groups over the last 20 years. The identified wetlands are under ParksVic management and would be greatly enhanced by a series of spot spraying and planting with aquatic and wetland species.
To read more click on Wetland Enhancement Program 2014
During 2013-2014, volunteers:
In winter 2014, Wonthaggi Seed Bank volunteers planted out the four targetted wetlands, including guarding the species vulnerable to the large kangaroo population.
Around each site, 50 Banskia integrifolia were also planted as this species is under threat in our district.
Further plantings are planned with species to supplement those listed below. These include Goodenia ovata, Myoporum insulare, Triglochin procerum, Leptospermum longitudinale, Schoenus brevifolius, Amphibromus nervosus, Lepyrodia muelleri, Lachnagrostis filiformis, Alisma plantago-acquatica, Melicytus dentatus and Ottelia ovalifolia,
Tank Hill Ephemeral Wetland
This is the site of the former Wonthaggi Borough Council sandpit. Plants were selected to compliment previous plantings by the South Gippsland Conservation Society and Wonthaggi Urban Landcare.
Rifle Range Wetand
A block used by the local gun club from 1912 to 1972, it was a cleared, grazed site. From 2005 onwards, the site was revegetated and wetlands created by Cape Paterson Coastal Plains Landcare, Friends of Wonthaggi Heathland and Wonthaggi Seed Bank. Further details of this site can be found on this website at Rifle Range Wetland.
The site, once part of the mining era, was cleared and grazed afterwards. It has been progressivelyrevegetated since 1993 by South Gippsland Conservation Society, Cape Paterson Coastal Plains Landcare, Friends of Wonthaggi Heathland and Wonthaggi Seed Bank, often with the assistance of schools and other community groups.
Two ephemeral wetlands, bisected by a mining haulage line (now a walking track) were planted.
Tent Town Wetland
Tent Town, site of the 1910 mining encampment (see Tent Town booklet) which was revegetated in 2010 (see Tent Town Project), has a number of ephemeral wetlands and deep pools. These wet areas were partially planted out in 2010, but some sites needed further planting.
In consequence, a variety of species were planted as the water levels dropped.
The species planted in each wetland:
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