Community meeting to learn about Lake Hawdon North restoration project

PROJECT: Lake Hawdon North is one of the largest wetlands in the region and is home to many important plants, as well as large numbers of migratory shorebirds.
PROJECT: Lake Hawdon North is one of the largest wetlands in the region and is home to many important plants, as well as large numbers of migratory shorebirds.

Limestone Coast residents are invited to attend a community meeting to discuss potential infrastructure and management options to enhance migratory bird habitat at Lake Hawdon North.

The 'Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin On Ground Works' project aims to implement short to medium term on-ground works to help mitigate threats to key Coorong biota, while longer term management solutions are investigated and implemented.

These actions seek to contribute to the protection of endangered and vulnerable species, avoid further loss and support the maintenance of the site's ecological character.

Located 90 kilometres from the Coorong South Lagoon, Lake Hawdon North is one of the largest wetlands in the region and is home to many important plants, as well as large numbers of migratory shorebirds.

Manager of the Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin program Angus MacGregor said while it is vital that the Coorong continues to provide habitat and food resources for these species, restoration options for alternative habitat in surrounding areas also needs to be considered.

"The Lake Hawdon North project is investigating the feasibility of on-ground works to improve the availability and quality of habitat for migratory shorebirds," Mr MacGregor said.

"Currently, the lake is drying much earlier than would otherwise have been the case prior to drainage works, which date back to 1915.

"Therefore, we are investigating proposals to extend the period of shallow inundation of Lake Hawdon North through to early autumn."

Mr MacGregor anticipates that restoration work could provide an increase in availability of food resources for migratory shorebirds.

"Restoring a hydrological regime, which allows for shallow inundation of Lake Hawdon North for a longer period of time, will increase available habitat," he said.

"This will allow these birds to boost their energy reserves prior to embarking on their migration to the northern hemisphere to breed."

The Lake Hawdon North project is partnering with the the Limestone Coast Landscape Board to engage with key stakeholders and landholders.

The project is also consulting directly with First Nations of the South East through the South East Aboriginal Focus Group.

A community meeting will be held in Robe from 5-7pm on Thursday, October 7 for anyone interested in learning more about the Lake Hawdon North project and the current investigations.

"It's important to note that this is a feasibility investigation only at this stage," Mr MacGregor said.

"Any decision to proceed with the restoration of Lake Hawdon North will be subject to further community consultation and funding."

For more information, contact Tania Rajic on: 0418 448 053. Registrations can be made by clicking here

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