Find out about The Ramsar Convention, and Ramsar Managers in New South Wales

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Who are the Ramsar Managers Network

The Ramsar Manager Network is made up of the managers of private and community Ramsar sites, senior advisors from key state and federal government agencies and advisors from non-government organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund.

There are seven private and community managed areas across six Ramsar sites throughout New South Wales:

  • Hunter Estuary Ramsar Site — Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia (formerly Shortland Wetlands) are community managed through the Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia Ltd. The Hunter Estuary Wetlands Ramsar site comprises Kooragang Nature Reserve, which was designated to the Ramsar list in 1984, and the Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia.
  • Wilgara Wetlands component of the Macquarie Marshes Ramsar site covers 583 hectares of privately owned land within the greater Macquarie Marshes. It became a component of the Macquarie Marshes Ramsar site in 2000. There are other significant privately owned sites within the Macquarie Marshes also managed with the support from the Network.
  • “Goddard’s Lease”, “Crinolyn” and “Windella” are privately owned components of the Gwydir Wetlands Ramsar site, located between 60 - 80 kilometres west of the town of Moree.
  • Fivebough and Tuckerbil Swamps, situated near Leeton in the Riverina district, were designated a Wetland of International Importance on 21 October 2002. Fivebough and Tuckerbil are cared for by a community trust.
  • The Paroo River Wetlands Ramsar site is made up of the Nocholeche Nature Reserve Component and the Peery and Mandalay blocks in the Paroo Darling National Park and is situated in the north-west of New South Wales. It is operated by the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in conjunction with its Traditional Owners.
  • From its designation in 2003 until 1 July 2010, the Central Murray State Forest Ramsar site near Deniliquin was operated in community trust by Forests NSW. However, land tenure changes across the three components of the site mean that only the Koondrook- Perricoota State Forest Group component remains under the management of Forests NSW while the Millewa component has been gazetted as National Park with a joint management between NSW NPWS and the Yorta Yorta Indigenous Nation and the Werai Forests component is scheduled to become an Indigenous Protected Area.

What is the Ramsar Managers Network Role?

The NSW Minister for the Environment created the Ramsar Managers Network in 2003 to support the commitment to conservation made by private and community Ramsar site managers. The main goals of the network are to develop solutions to management issues and provide a link to government and relevant resources. The key goal of the network is to ensuring the managers of these Ramsar sites can meet there responsibilities under the convention.

What Responsibility of Ramsar Site Mangers?

  • Managing the site in a way that is consistent with the Ramsar Conventions wise use principles;
  • Notifying the Australian Government of any actions on or off site that may have a significant impact on the ecological character of the wetlands;
  • Notifying appropriate NSW natural resource agencies of natural resource issues that may affect the health and management of the wetlands;
  • Seeking any guidance and assistance from DECCW and other agencies that may be needed in managing and representing the needs of the wetlands;
  • Informing the Australian Government and NSW Government of any intention to transfer ownership or otherwise sell the land on which the wetlands are situated;
  • Notifying future land managers of the property’s Ramsar status, should the property be sold or otherwise change ownership.

NSW Ramsar Sites

Paroo Wetlands

The Paroo River is the last remaining free-flowing river in the Murray-Darling Basin. Wetland types within the site include large overflow lakes, tree-lined creeks and waterholes, lignum and canegrass swamps, and artesian mound springs. It is one of the most important wetland systems for waterbirds in eastern Australia and it supports a number of threatened plant and animal species as well as significant native fish communities.
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Hunter Estuary Wetlands

The Hunter Estuary Wetlands Ramsar site comprises Kooragang Nature Reserve (designated to the Ramsar list in 1984) and Shortland Wetlands. The boundary of Shortland Wetlands is 2.5 km from Kooragang Nature Reserve and is connected to it by a wildlife corridor consisting of Ironbark Creek, the Hunter River and Ash Island.
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Macquarie Marshes

The Macquarie Marshes comprises a complex of braided swamps, lagoons, channels and gilgaied floodplain inundated by flooding from the lower Macquarie and its distributary streams. The Marshes incorporate extensive areas of reed swamp, river red gum woodland, and water couch grasslands which provide important habitat for many species of flora and fauna, particularly the large numbers of colonial waterbirds which breed here as well as many migratory species.
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Gwydir Wetlands

The Gwydir Wetlands are one of the few terminal wetlands found within inland NSW and contain one of the largest stands of water couch and marsh club-rush remaining in New South Wales.
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Fivebough & Tuckerbil

Fivebough Swamp is a permanent, but fluctuating, fresh-brackish, shallow wetland and Tuckerbil Swamp is a seasonal, shallow, brackish-saline wetland. Both are of national and international importance because of the presence, abundance and diversity of waterbirds that have been recorded there, including migratory shorebirds and threatened species.
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NSW Central Murray Forests

The site plays a substantial role in the functioning of the River Murray, is critically important for the retention of native biodiversity in the Riverina bioregion, and contains significant social, cultural and economic resources.
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Click on one of the above Ramsar sites to read a brief overview of the site, and a link to more information.