A wetland north of Griffith will be rejuvenated and turned into an attractive destination for tourists and birdwatchers, according to a new plan.
Griffith City Council has officially adopted a plan of management for Campbell's Wetland - previously known as Campbell's Swamp.
The new plan suggests the area will be revitalised by upgrades to the existing boardwalk, the creation of new tracks and bird hides, and studies on how to improve the wetland ecologically.
It's really an untapped area that can add to the attraction of Griffith.Phil Harding, Griffith City Council's director of sustainable development
Campbell's Wetland is home to dozens of waterbird species and council's director of sustainable development Phil Harding says the aim is to make it the prime birdwatching location in the Griffith area.
"We want to make it an attractive environmental wetlands that encourages visitors to spend time here and brings more bird watchers to the region," Mr Harding said.
"Campbell's Wetland, Nericon Wetland and Tharbogang Wetland will form a precinct with Lake Wyangan, allowing people to walk between the wetlands and the lake to take in the natural beauty of the area."
"It's really an untapped area that can add to the attraction of Griffith."
Mr Harding said the first step for revitalising the area would be improving the "neglected" boardwalk and council would be applying for a grant later this year to fund that project.
There is also an aim to create a walking track which circles the wetland and which vistors can use to travel between a network of bird hides.
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Council's principal officer environment David Kellett described Campbell's Wetland as a "hidden gem" and said he was excited to showcase the area to more people.
"Campbell's Wetland has been one of the only wetlands in this area that has had continuous water for many years, so it's got some really good habitat for waterbirds," Mr Kellett said.
"We keep water in it throughout the year so birds won't have to leave and we have a lot of different species come from all over Australia and the world."
Over 53 types of waterbird have been recorded at Campbell's Wetland including several threatened species.
Both Mr Kellett and Mr Harding encouraged Griffith residents to check out the wetland when they have a chance and to make a submission to the new plan of management as soon as it is open to the public.
A video uploaded to YouTube by Riverina Wildlife in 2016 showcases the nature on display at Campbell's Wetland:
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