Big Swamp project

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. 

Where is the Big Swamp?

Where is the Big Swamp?

Between Crowdy Bay National Park and Coopernook State Forest.

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What is the problem?

What is the problem?

During the early 1900’s a large portion of the Big Swamp was drained under a public works...

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How we are addressing the problem

How we are addressing the problem

We've achieved the following results

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Big Swamp hydrological study

Big Swamp hydrological study

The study provides a comprehensive scientific analysis.

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Big Swamp newsletters

Big Swamp newsletters

Read our community newsletters about the Big Swamp project

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