Three local swamps will be renamed following the Ordinary Meeting of Council held Tuesday 10 August 2021.
Earlier this year is was proposed to rename Campbell’s Swamp, Nericon Swamp and Tharbogang Swamp to Campbell’s Wetlands, Nericon Wetlands and Tharbogang Wetlands. Council called on the community to have their say on the renaming, with only one submission received.
Director Sustainable Development, Mr Phil Harding said the term swamp was not a true representation of what the areas are, in particular Campbell’s Swamp.
“Campbell’s Swamp, Nericon Swamp and Tharbogang Swamp have unique characteristics which relates to being a wetland, rather than a swamp,” said Mr Harding.
“Campbell’s Swamp in particular is a significant habitat for a range of water birds, including a number of threatened native species, including the Australasian Bittern, and water birds listed on International treaties.
“Each of the three waterways fit the definition of a wetland and it is fitting to refer to them as wetlands,” he added.
A Plan of Management has been created for the three areas, with the categorisation of each being Natural Area – Wetland. Tharbogang Swamp has the additional categorisation of Natural Area – Bushland. Amending the reserves to ‘wetland’ will not affect the use of the land.