Weed removal and critical rehabilitation work at Springfield Pond Wetland is back on track thanks to an extension of funding from the NSW Government.
Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the $125,000 in funding had already gone a long way towards removal of the Salvinia molesta and other invasive aquatic weeds.
“We have seen the massive difference this funding can make towards the removal of the Salvinia molesta weed, but there is more work to be done. We need to get on with the job and remediate the rest of the wetland,” Mr Crouch said.
“The NSW Government is committed to working with Central Coast Council to ensure the remaining $56,000 can be spent on restoring the wetland to its former beauty and health.”
“This wetland plays a critical ecological role and provides habitats for native fauna, especially a large variety of birdlife.
“Wetlands and ponds are a unique part of the Central Coast environment, which is why I am committed to taking action to address the Salvinia molesta weed.
“I thank the local residents, including Glenys Ray, for their strong advocacy and for working with me in such a constructive way.”
Springfield resident and member of Springfield Pond Wetland community, Glenys Ray said she was glad the whole wetland was going to be cleared of the highly invasive aquatic weds.
“The 9 species of frog, turtles, other reptiles, wallabies, microbats and the 70 plus species of native birds that rely on this wetland for habitat,” Ms Ray said.
“The number of people who have visited this wetland during lockdown further demonstrates the importance of places like this.
“We are all excitedly waiting to see the other half cleared and acknowledge the high level of cooperation between Adam Crouch, Council Officers and the community.”