The Tuckean Swamp is one of the biggest wetlands in New South Wales. Once dubbed ‘Kakadu of the South’ for its abundant wildlife, the Tuckean was an engine room for fisheries productivity throughout Northern NSW. Unfortunately we now know that the modifications to the hydrology of the swamp, largely through floodplain drainage infrastructure, has resulted in poor water quality across it’s floodplain. Resulting in the associated loss of environmental values and despite previous attempts, only small-scale improvements have occurred, poor water quality still occurs regularly, and previous ecosystem values remain diminished.
The good news is, several large coastal wetland restorations in NSW have now proven a successful methodology to improve this scenario we find at the Tuckean Swamp. OzFish Richmond River Chapter is making steps towards improving the waterway. The first stage is to perform a hydrologic and hydrodynamic study of the area. The study provide potential options for change to the Tuckean that will improve water quality. When available, resulting options from the study will be considered collaboratively with all Tuckean landholders to determine a mutually agreed way forward to improve the water quality and natural values of the Tuckean Nature Reserve.
Project consortium includes OzFish, DPI Fisheries, Office of Environment and Heritage, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Local Land Services and Ballina, and Lismore Councils and Rous County Council,The Nature Conservancy and importantly Tuckean residents.
May 2018 – UNSW Water Research Lab researchers set up baseline monitoring of water quality, flow and ground water in the Swamp.
April 13th/14th 2018 – Talking Tuckean: community drop in sessions.
February 2018 – Stakeholders agree on revised project plan.
For all enquiries please contact Cassie Price 0402 408 791.