The Tumut wetlands is an area of approximately 20 ha located on the edge of Tumut township at the junction of Snowy Mountains Highway and Gocup Road with the Tumut River along the eastern side of the wetland. The area is Crown Land which was dedicated as a permanent Common on 18th November 1870. Snowy Valleys Council is Trustee of the Common.
From 1994 volunteers including Tom Scott have collated photographic and field records at the wetland which culminated in Mr Scott compiling the Management Concept Report for Tumut River Common in 2001 which was accepted by Council.
The Riverina Highlands Landcare Network invited interested members of the public to get involved with a wetlands working group. The Friends of Riverglade Wetlands group met for the first time on the 15th October 2003, and a working agreement was formed with Council.
On the 4th November 2008 Governor, Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO officially opened the Riverglade Wetlands.
In September 2008 Council agreed to expand the Riverglade Wetlands project to include the adjoining Travelling Stock Reserve and Eucalyptus Walk. The Eucalyptus Walk was an idea of Ken Stubbs and involves a walking track along the Gilmore Creek at the back of the sewerage treatment plant currently controlled by Council.
Since completion of the Eucalyptus Walk and Travelling Stock Reserve the committee has taken on a maintenance role.
In June 2009, following a recommendation from the Friends of Riverglade Wetlands, Council resolved to change the name of Riverglade Wetlands to Tumut Wetlands.
Aims of the Committee
- To understand and respect the cultural heritage values of the site
- To rehabilitate the degraded Tumut Wetlands and in doing so:
- Improve water quality and establish an appropriate hydrological regime
- Increase the quantity and improve the quality of native vegetation in the area of the wetlands, and to whatever extent that is possible, over the whole site
- Improve habitat for native animals, especially birds including migratory birds
- Provide a distinctive recreational asset for the community which is consistent with the listed aims
- Provide interpretive information on these values, including information on progress of the rehabilitation project
Click here to download the Friends of Tumut Wetlands Committee Terms of Reference(PDF, 133KB)
Membership of the committee is open to all members of the public.
Email: [email protected]
Phone:1300 ASK SVC