BUSH CARE: Tom Fletcher shows off the Australia Day Award for Environmental Achievement awarded to the Elanora Wetlands Bushcar
BUSH CARE: Tom Fletcher shows off the Australia Day Award for Environmental Achievement awarded to the Elanora Wetlands Bushcar

Wetlands win award



ELANORA'S beautiful wetlands are in good hands and the Gold Coast City Council has finally realised it.

Council awarded the Environmental Achievement Australia Day Award to the community group responsible for the revegetation of the wetlands, the Elanora Wetlands Bushcare Group.

The small group of around 15 people has worked tirelessly for six years to revegetate and beautify the area and, although assisted by council along the way, were finally recognised last month with the official award.

Volunteer co-ordinator for the group, Tom Fletcher, said they had worked their way into the wetlands from the front gate at the end of Tallebudgera Road and had so far carved about a kilometre of track through the bush, lined with freshly-planted native flora.

"I think we've planted about 5000 plants and they are all native to the area," Mr Fletcher said.

He also said the group would be around for as long as it took to revegetate the whole of the wetlands area.

"We'll probably be here forever," he said.

Mr Fletcher said the group had counted about 60 different species of birds and 20 species of butterflies.

There were also snakes, possums and other animals but the group hoped more would come as the revegetation project continued.



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