Volunteers put down roots in wetland | Photos, video

Former paddocks in Costerfield are changing root and branch, with volunteers planting 850 trees as a haven for local wildlife in the area’s newest wetland.

Forty volunteers recently converged on the 3.7ha site, which was used for farming until mining company Mandalay Resources purchased it in 2015.

The wetland was over the road from an evaporation pond and Mandalay resources envisaged handing it back to the community when local operations eventually ceased.

A Mandalay Resources video from January showing freshly installed ponds.

The mine’s environmental officer Joel North said the community wetland were quickly becoming a home for local animals. 

”It was amazing to see local residents and those from as far as Melbourne come and help the mine achieve its vision for this site. We are extremely grateful for their support,” he said.

“This project is a great example of how farming, mining and the environment can co-exist if properly managed. 

“The indigenous plants the community helped us to add to the site will benefit water quality and local fauna into the future.”

Conservation Volunteers Australia supported the event by providing planting advice and assistance.