In the face of urban expansion, native wetlands and their ecosystems are under constant threat and need a helping hand to ensure their future sustainability.
On the 10 September, Central environmental students planted 184 native seedlings as part of their ongoing support and monitoring of two local wetlands.
They planted grevillea, woolly bush and one-sided bottlebrushes to aid rehabilitation and restore the wetlands as a pleasant visual feature.
The two wetlands are south of the entry to the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel and are managed by Main Roads and Lend Lease.
The students have been working with their lecturer Gun Dolva and Shane Collins from Main Roads to monitor and improve the ecological functioning and diversity of the wetlands.
To do this, the students have been monitoring the water quality and the freshwater invertebrates of the wetlands in Semester two, 2014 and 2015.
To aid the rehabilitation of the sites, the students have a contour map of the sites, developed by surveying lecturer Darryl Malacari, a herbarium of all the plants on the sites as well as a growing set of photographs of the sites for longer term monitoring.
The ongoing rehabilitation and monitoring of these two wetlands, by our environmental students will restore the area to a more diverse and better functioning ecosystem.