One of Ballina’s most valuable wetlands was given the five star treatment last Thursday by the Ramada Ballina Team through our corporate partnership with WetlandCare Australia. “Team Ramada” turned out in force to assist in removing weeds and planting over 200 trees at an area adjacent to the high conservation value in the East Ballina Wetland Reserve adjacent to the Ballina Golf Club.
The Reserve contains endangered remnant vegetation communities such as saltmarsh, swamp sclerophyll forest and littoral rainforest, and is habitat for threatened species such as the tusked frog. It also has high Aboriginal cultural heritage significance. The site is one of the 20 iconic wetlands being rehabilitated through the Coastal 20 wetland restoration project, funded by the Australian Government through its Caring for our Country program.
In a statement by Simone Haigh, WetlandCare Australia Senior Project Officer and site manager, “We are very fortunate to be able to work with the great crew from the Ramada Hotel and Suites as they are always ready to roll up their sleeves and help us to protect our precious local wetlands”.
The area planted was formerly a highly degraded section of weed infested fill. Continuous weed suppression combined with assisted regeneration will mean that the high ecological values of the Reserve and its ability to provide habitat for unique wetland fauna will be extended and enhanced.
Our team came well prepared and enjoyed the morning as you can see from the photos taken during the morning. Ramada’s General Manager, Ms Karen Whiteford said, “Working with WetlandCare Australia has been an important part of of commitment to our local community and the wetland areas that make our region so diverse. We’ve a long association with Wetland Care Australia as the organisation plays such a vital roll in the rejuvenation and protection of these important environmental aspects of our region.”
“We’re always happy for people to join us on these days and should you have some time available please feel free to contact us or WetlandCare Australia’s directly by telephoning Simone Haigh on 6681 6169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we can ensure the ongoing sustainability of our region for years to come”.