Preserving our wetlands

ILLEGAL fishing, littering and driving on protected tracks are some of the environmental problems that led Mildura Rural City Council to develop a River and Wetland Recreation Kit.

Picture: Mallee Catchment Management Authority

Picture: Mallee Catchment Management Authority

The kit aims to teach locals and visitors how to protect the district’s rivers, wetlands and animals while enjoying the natural environment at the same time.

Council’s environmental sustainability officer Samantha Walter said the initiative aimed to address recurring environmental and maintenance issues and promote positive and healthy recreation use along the river.

She said dumping of green waste was of particular concern.

“People just think it is biodegradable but a lot of the time it causes issues with weeds,” Ms Walter said, adding that green waste was free to dump at the landfill.

She said people driving and walking along protected tracks was also a significant issue.

“There are areas that have been excluded to promote growth of native vegetation, they are excluded for a reason,” Ms Walter said.

“People take bollards out to try to find shade but they are actually damaging those areas.

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