REHAB WORK: A grant to rehabilitate Everlasting Swamp is to be given to the council.
REHAB WORK: A grant to rehabilitate Everlasting Swamp is to be given to the council. Terry Deefholts

Government to fund a swamp rehab project

THE Clarence Valley Council will receive $65,000 in estuary management funding from the NSW Government to undertake a hydrodynamic modelling project at the Everlasting Swamp.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the funding would be used by the Clarence Valley Council and local land owners to undo some of the damage to the Everlasting Swamp through extensive drainage and modification works carried out since 1928.

"This important project will help provide land managers with a detailed understanding of the water, soil and ecological processes available for use in developing strategies that will lead to the rehabilitation of the Everlasting Swamp," Mr Gulaptis said.

"The project will also help council and land owners to identify any risks or obstacles that need to be addressed for rehabilitation of the wetland, often referred to as the 'Kakadu of the South', to be successful."

Mr Gulaptis said the worthwhile project was an outstanding example of putting Estuary Management Program grant money to good work.

"This grant is one of 25 Estuary Management Program grants totalling $1,799,036 awarded to 19 NSW councils and Local Land Services (LLS)," he said.

"The grants support councils and LLS in improving the health of their local estuaries and maintaining their ecological values.

"Estuaries are essential elements of the NSW coastal environment that provide habitat and nursery areas for hundreds of plant and animal species and support aquaculture industries."

All Estuary Management Program grants are matched dollar-for-dollar by recipients and are administered by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

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