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Redeveloped Lake Tahune Hut now open

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Urban focus for World Wetlands Day

01/02/2018

'Wetlands for a sustainable future' is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2018. This international celebration of the significance of wetland environments is held annually on 2 February.


World Wetlands Day is an opportunity for the international community to celebrate the vital role wetlands play within the environment. This year's theme focuses on raising awareness of the importance of wetland ecosystems in keeping cities and urban areas liveable.


Parks and Wildlife Service business manager Amber Travica said the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will host a range of free community activities on Friday, 2 February 2018, to celebrate World Wetlands Day.


Tamar Island Wetlands Centre and reserve is located just 10 minutes from Launceston, making it a perfect fit for the urban focus of this year's event.


"This significant wetland is managed by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and is part of the Tamar River Conservation Area.


"Wetlands such as this are highly productive ecosystems that provide an important habitat for a diversity of birds, mammals, frogs, fish and invertebrates. They also work to filter pollutants from the water and, in periods of high rainfall, act as a sponge to reduce flooding, which can be especially helpful in urban environments."


Among the highlights of this year's event will be the attendance of special guest, much loved television personality and Gardening Australia host, Costa Georgiadis.


Activities on the day include a range of presentations and displays by community groups, guided walks to Tamar Island, reptile displays, bird watching and identification, family activities, interactive games and Tasmanian Aboriginal art workshops.


Tamar Island Wetlands Centre is open 364 days a year and is entirely staffed by volunteers. There is an onsite interpretation centre with information about birds and wildlife, wetlands ecosystems and Tamar Islnd history. A boardwalk suitable for prams and wheelchairs winds through the channels to Tamar Island. On the island there are barbecue and picnic facilities, drinking water and toilets.


For detailed inforamtion about World Wetlands Day 2018 activities, phone the centre on 6327 3964 or go to www.parks.tas.gov.au/events for a full program.