Preserving the region’s wetlands

SUNRAYSIA residents and visitors can access free river and wetland recreation kits to learn about how to enjoy and protect the region’s rivers, wetlands and animals.

Freebies: The recreation kit aimed at helping preserve the region’s rivers and wetlands for future generations.

Freebies: The recreation kit aimed at helping preserve the region’s rivers and wetlands for future generations.

Mildura Rural City Council has teamed up with local and state environmental groups to produce the new information kit for waterside enthusiasts in an effort to maintain the region’s riversides and wetlands for future generations.

The River and Wetlands Recreation Kit includes information and tips on how to protect the wetlands, a litter bag to encourage people to take their waste home with them, and detailed maps showing both walking and vehicle tracks across the region.

The kit also includes a guide to spotting Mallee water birds, information about cultural assets such as significant Indigenous archaeological sites and a ruler to measure fish lengths.

MRC councillor Judi Harris, who holds the environmental sustainability portfolio, said many people took the riversides for granted, leaving rubbish on the banks and “off-roading” through the scrub.

“As custodians of our environment, we all have a responsibility to protect our natural assets,” Cr Harris said.

“Illegal fishing, removal of native trees and shrubs, littering and dumping rubbish and driving off the established tracks are just some of the things which can damage our waterside surroundings.

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Wednesday's Sunraysia Daily 06/08/2014.

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