Dickson and Lyneham Wetlands
The Dickson and Lyneham wetlands are the latest in a suite of wetlands to be constructed in the Sullivans Creek Catchment.
During warmer months, the Dickson Wetland Carers meet on average once a month to help weed and collect rubbish at the wetland. Image: Edwina Robinson. April 2013.
These wetlands provide multiple benefits including:
- provide water quality improvements
- play a role in flood detention
- increase aquatic and terrestrial habitat in urban areas
- provide an oasis in the suburbs
- create new recreational, volunteering and educational opportunities
- supply stormwater to irrigate playing fields.
Both wetlands include seating, informal play areas, viewing spots, pedestrian paths, artwork and shade.
Wetland construction commenced in September 2010.
NEXT COMMUNITY EVENT - none scheduled at this stage.
The construction of the off-line wetland at Hawdon St, Dickson was completed in December 2011. The pond and surrounds have been planted with a wide variety of locally occuring plants.
Excess stormwater will be piped to the Dickson Playing Fields and stored in tanks on site. This water will replace the use of potable water (drinking quality water) and helps the ACT Government reach its water reduction targets.
A young wetland carer shelters from the rain. Photo: Edwina Robinson
Community Planting Day - 4 June 2011
Over 200 people attended the Community Planting Day on Saturday 4 June 11 despite the bleak weather. They planted macrophytes (reeds), native grasses and trees and installed tree guards to protect plants from ducks and cockatoos. The event was followed by a bbq where volunteers consumed 18kg of organic sausages! Photo: Stephen Skinner
Looking at water bugs - water bugs or macroinvertebrates are a good indicator of how healthy a waterway is.
Photo: Edwina Robinson
Tree guards were made up ready to be installed around plants. Photo: Edwina Robinson
Installing guards. Photo: Edwina Robinson
Year 1 and 2 students from North Ainslie School were the first members of the public to view the wetland.
Students walked to the wetland in June 11. Photo: Edwina Robinson
Maned wood ducks quickly arrived after the wetland filled in May 2011 and a couple of black swans. Wood ducks are grazers and consumed mass plantings of Carex and Juncus. A range of measures were trialled to protect the plants including installation of bird netting and tree guards.
Local residents have spotted a number of other birds on site including:
- Black-fronted dotterels
- Australasian Grebe
- Little Pied Cormorant
One of the rarer visitors was a flock of Plumed Whistling Ducks in spring 2011.
The ACT Government and experts from the Dickson Wetland Carers are working on a brochure of birds commonly seen at the newly constructed wetlands. The brochure will be available on-line in 2014.
Frogs quickly colonised the wetlands. In October 2011, two local residents took part in the Frogwatch census with the Urban Waterways Coordinator. They recorded calls of:
- Limnodynastes tasmaniensis
- Crinia signifera
- Crinia parinsignifera
Two other frog species have been recorded since then
- Litoria peroni
- Limnodynastes dumerili
During the 2013 Frogwatch census volunteers recorded the five species listed above.
ABC News Reporter, Kathleen Dyett visited the wetland during the Frogwatch census and compiled this report.
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The Lyneham wetland was opened to the public in April 2012. Like Dickson, it was planted with a diverse range of plant species. A Community Planting Day was held on 4 December 2011. Volunteers planted 1200 native grasses and shrubs.
View from the Wattle St, Lyneham bridge, March 2011. Photo: Edwina Robinson
Lyneham Wetland Carer Group
Community Planting Day - December 2011
Planting the embankment with shrubs and grasses. Photo: Edwina Robinson
Making tree guards to protect plants from Wood Ducks and Cockatoos. Photo: Edwina Robinson
Planting native grasses species - Poa and Themeda. Photo: Edwina Robinson
Planting more grasses. Photo: Edwina Robinson
Have your say about Dog Exercise Areas at the Dickson Wetland
Drop in session: Thursday 24 July, 3 pm to 5 pm, Dickson Wetlands and Dickson district playing fields, Hawdon Street, Dickson
Online: Time to Talk
The staff from the Urban Waterways program worked with local schools to design tiles for the inner-north wetlands. Students from Dickson College and Majura Primary created tile mosaics that reflect the wetlands. The mosaics have been installed in the paving at the Dickson wetland.
Tiles by Dickson College ceramics students. Photo: Edwina Robinson
For more information on the project, contact us.
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