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Nature reserve works officially open

Henty Public School student Blake Roulston plants a tree as part of the opening. Blake is an avid user of the swamp and its surrounds.Newly completed management works, including bird hides, interpretative signage and ongoing box woodland revegetation, were officially opened at Henty’s Doodle Comer Swamp earlier this month.

The opening was the culmination of works performed under the Murray Wetland Carbon Storage Project, a joint venture between Murray Local Land Services and the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group (MDWWG).

The project was funded by the Australian Government, with further financial support from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. The bird hides were constructed and installed by Albury City’s Wagirra Indigenous Works Crew.

MDWWG Project Officer Sarah Ning described Doodle Comer Swamp as an important site in the region.

“Doodle Comer has a diverse range of woodland and wetland communities that provide habitat for a range of animals,” she said.

“Protected and threatened birds such as brolga, Latham’s snipe, and the white-bellied sea-eagle have been found here. The new facilities will allow visitors to enjoy the reserve and experience the biodiversity that is on offer.”

The Doodle Comer Swamp Nature Reserve includes much of the ephemeral wetland in the Buckargingah Creek basin.

When full, the wetland attracts large numbers of waterbirds. The swamp is the largest wetland of its type in southern NSW and is listed in the Australian Government’s Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia. The reserve also protects three woodland areas classified as endangered ecological communities and contains many birds and mammals.

Over time the swamp will continue to regenerate and be restored, both naturally and through active management.

Doodle Comer has been formally recognised as an Aboriginal Place, providing official recognition and protection of the Aboriginal cultural values of Doodle Comer, which are significant to Wiradjuri and associated Aboriginal people today.

As part of the opening, Gregory Packer, of Riverina Local Land Services, presented the Henty Public School with a framed certificate to celebrate the recent Aboriginal Place declaration for Doodle Comer Swamp.

The facilities are open to the public to enjoy any time and will be managed on an ongoing basis by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Matt Lane, Communications, 02 6051 2252, 0427 459 755, matt.g.lane@lls.nsw.gov.au