Saltmarsh restoration

Saltmarsh restoration

Brown River Saltmarsh restoration efforts are progressing, with federal members of Parliament showing their support, meeting Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Dean Winter and council staff on site recently to discuss the project.

In 2019, the Kingborough Council was successful in its application for a $20,000 grant to work on the area from the Communities Environment Program through Federal Member for Franklin, Julie Collins’ office.

This money will be used to assist restoration efforts of the Browns River Saltmarsh near Kingston Beach.

“I was pleased to be able to support the Kingborough Council’s application in 2019 for this important project and the staff at Kingborough Council have done a fantastic job in the restoration of the site so far”, Ms Collins said.

“This green open area will be a valuable place for the residents of Kingborough to not only learn about this important ecosystem but to play, relax and to spend time outside in nature.”

The project is enabling Kingborough Council to restore the site with native species and to add informative signs about the history of the saltmarsh in partnership with the South East Aboriginal Centre and Browns River History Group.

“We were pleased to learn from council staff that there were such a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in the Browns River saltmarsh,” Senator Bilyk added.

“It’s obviously a valuable community asset and one which we’re pleased to support.”

The site also aims to raise awareness of the importance of saltmarshes to the environment and provide details of the impact of climate change on these sites.

“We really appreciate Julie and Catryna’s help and interest in the project,” said Mayor Winter.

“It’s a much-loved public space and so it’s nice to have it acknowledged and supported by our Federal Members.”

Pictured above: Federal Member for Franklin, the Honourable Julie Collins MP (left) and Senator for Tasmania Catryna Bilyk (centre) met with Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Dean Winter (second left) and Kingborough Council staff last week at the Browns River Saltmarsh to discuss updates to work being undertaken to restore the site. (PS)