In 2011 we received a $2 million grant from the Federal Government’s Caring for our country initiative to undertake the Big Swamp/Cattai Wetlands project “A Hidden Gem in our Valley”. The funding was provided over three years to help achieve the outcomes identified in the 2010 Big Swamp feasibility study, which was undertaken with affected landowners and the local community.
The project contributes to the improvement of the water quality of the Manning River by restoring a state-recognised acid sulfate soil ‘hot spot’. This involves on-ground works to restore the area’s natural hydrology and reinstate the original coastal wetland community. The feasibility study identified that the only realistic solution was for Council to acquire the affected land.