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The Wetlands Conservation Society was formed in 1985. Many of the founding members had been part of the campaign to protect the North Lake wetlands from the construction of Farrington Road in September 1984. Initially the WCS focussed on protection of the Beeliar Wetlands that are faced with ongoing threats. This campaign led to the establishment of the Beeliar Regional Park in the Cities of Melville, Cockburn and Kwinana. The WCS has now extended its campaign interests to wetland conservation throughout the State and it regularly makes submissions to development proposals, and policy and planning documents related to wetlands in WA. In addition to this, the WCS is represented on a variety of government and public committees involved with environmental issues.

Why wetlands?
Western Australia is the driest State in the driest continent on Earth. However we still have some of the most important wetlands in the world. These are the survivors of what was once an extensive and beautiful natural ecosystem. Previous generations of Western Australians failed to appreciate the beauty and importance of our wetlands and they set about draining and filling them in the name of progress. Now we have less than 20% of the original wetlands left on the Swan Coastal Plain and the situation is even worse in the agricultural region.

Those that remain are important for many reasons including:
habitat for flora and fauna
sites for recreation, education and research
enhancement of the landscape.

Wetlands are fascinating and beautiful places which deserve to be protected and conserved for their special qualities. Since 1985 the Wetlands Conservation Society has been educating, restoring and campaigning for the conservation of our remaining wetlands. (sourced from website 6/11/2021)


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