Council response to wetlands coverage
The following statement is a response from Council following recent media coverage.
Over the last week, there has been some comment in the media and on social media in relation to Council transporting water to replenish wetlands within the city. This is not the case.
Future initiatives to assist in building the resilience of our environment will be addressed via Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement that is currently under development and has been subject to extensive community consultation.
Maitland has a number of both natural wetlands and constructed water bodies in the form of lagoons, dams and stormwater detention basins. Any water body can be an important asset to the environment, particularly during times of drought. It is important to note that natural wetlands undertake a wetting and drying cycle, and this is important for maintaining these ecosystems. This cycle has been exacerbated by the drought.