Thanks to an innovative project funded by Natural Resources – SA Murray-Darling Basin, next weekend Nature Glenelg Trust (myself and Lachie) will begin talking with the local community in the Tookayerta Catchment (that runs from Mt Compass to Black Swamp) about their catchment; its history and development, its present condition and the important role the catchment plays in the conservation of Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps.
The aim is to get people thinking about the way water currently moves through the catchment and possibly identify some places where future projects might improve conditions for Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps.
So the plan for Sunday the 4th of December is to:
- Introduce everyone to NGT and the basics of wetland restoration
- Explain what we have been doing so far in the Fleurieu, by explaining what we have learned about:
- Stipiturus Conservation Park (Glenshera Swamp)
- Hesperilla Conservation Park (Square Waterhole Swamp)
- Talk about the Tookayerta Catchment, including:
- History of change and present conditions
- Exploring peoples ideas for future restoration, or indeed making sure we understand where people think it isn’t feasible and why
- Answer any questions and stimulate discussion
- Continue informal discussion over a BBQ lunch, and looking over catchment maps
This session is primarily meant for landholders and interested local people, so they can share any observations and ideas with us. A technical session with professional staff from agencies that also work in the area will be held in the New Year.