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Salvaging a Savernake swamp

Local farmers, Bill and Cecile Nixon are participating in a project to store wetland carbon and attract woodland and wetland birds back to their Savernake property.

Bill & Cecile are part of a group of 13 farmers in region who have entered a partnership with Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group and Murray Local Land Services funded by the Australian Government to rehabilitate degraded wetlands on their properties.

Through the Murray Wetland Carbon Storage project, the Nixons have received financial and technical support to fence and revegetate an 8ha wetland. "We want to better manage the area to encourage native vegetation growth and to bring woodland and wetland birds back to the site" said Cecile.

"We are thrilled to be part of the project and can't wait to see changes to the vegetation and wildlife use of the wetland area. I'd encourage anyone who has a wetland or swamp on their land to get involved in the project" she added.

A new funding round of the Murray Wetland Carbon Storage Project is now open and wetland sites are being sought in the central area of the NSW Murray region. Activities such as revegetation, altered grazing management (including fencing), pest animal control, weed control, environmental water delivery, and educational and monitoring resources to improve wetland management are supported by the project.

Landholders within the local government areas of Berrigan, Jerilderie, Urana, Corowa and Greater Hume who are interested in rehabilitating wetlands on their properties should contact Sarah Ning (refer to more information below), to register their interest.

More information

Sarah Ning, Murray Wetland Carbon Storage Project, m: 0427 371 157

Cecile Nixon, p: 02 6035 9431