Jerrabomberra Wetlands Billabong area [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

To: "'Fokker, Miriam'" <>, "" <>
Subject: Jerrabomberra Wetlands Billabong area [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
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Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2020 23:08:45 +0000

Hi Miriam,

                           I’m sorry but I disagree with the policy about not topping up Kelly’s swamp. The birds are doing it really tough, because it is so dry due to the weather conditions and the fires have been destroying so much habitat. I believe we should be doing everything possible to provide water for the local birds and also the waders that are passing through. Major rain has not been forecast for another couple of months. Places like Kelly’s swamp are so important for the birds, I think that water should be maintained there.


Roger Williams



From: Fokker, Miriam <>
Sent: Saturday, 11 January 2020 3:53 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Jerrabomberra Wetlands Billabong area [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Hi all


As part of the Healthy waterways project Ables will be pumping water from the silt trap to the Billabong over the next month.  This is mainly to keep the aquatic plants alive but also to have a wet area/water for birds and other animals.


Some people have inquired about filling up Kellys swamp with water. As a wetland Kellys swamp is going through a dry period, imitating the natural cycle of a wetland. This has many benefits to the area. The dry period helps ensure the soils maintain their ability to absorb nutrients and allow oxygen into the soil. This will aid the decomposition of plant material and increase the fertility. The different types of grasses growing in the swamp while it is dry will be good decomposed matter when the swamp fills up again. There are still quite a few birds living in the area so not all is lost!



Miriam Fokker | Senior Ranger

Jerrabomberra Wetlands

ACT Parks and Conservation Service

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate | ACT Government

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