Current projects and events

 

Marrambidya Wetland Community Open Day

Free community event

Sunday 19 June, 10am-2pm | Narrung Street, Wagga Wagga

Come and celebrate World Environment Day by coming to the official community opening of the Marrambidya Wetland!

Council staff will be coordinating activities with a free sausage sizzle at midday.

Ongoing free activities throughout the day

  • Fauna nest box surveys
  • Reed planting
  • Treasure hunt
  • Face painting
  • Spear throwing

Free scheduled activities

10:30am Water sampling/ Water Bugs activity
11am Seed balls
11:30am Wiradjuri Story Telling
12pm Free sausage sizzle
12:30pm Maliyaa Dance Group
1pm Water sampling/ Water Bugs activity
1:30pm Wiradjuri Storytelling

For further information contact: (02) 6926 9342 | hood.carly@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Projects

Did you miss the Smart Homes Seminar Series 2015? Or just want to revisit the material presented? Material from all four seminars is available below, including the audio podcast and accompanying presentation slides.

Local experts shared their knowledge on various opportunities to create homes that are environmentally smart and economically efficient.

The Design: Make it happen - Presented by Neil Harwood, Laurence Brill and Gerry Gerlach

The first session considered meeting and exceeding sustainability regulations when building or renovating a home and incorporating solar as a way of saving money and supporting the environment.

Click here for the podcast.

Click here for the slideshow presentation.

The Gadgets: Turn it on - Presented by Anne Armansin and Daniel Kisela

This session was all about making good choices when purchasing household appliances and how we can save on our energy consumption.

Click here for the podcast.

Click here for the slideshow presentation.

The Body: Building for healthy living - Presented by Dr Joe McGirr

Dr Joe McGirr discussed managing our health as we prepare for, and adapt to, a changing climate. 

Click here for the podcast.

Click here for the slideshow presentation.

The Great Outdoors: Grow and save - Presented by Adrian Podmore, Jim Rees and Dick Green

Hints and tips for building a garden from scratch, and how we can plan a beautiful garden and incorporate growing food and planting with natives as our city experiences our changing climate.

Click here for the podcast.

Click here for the slideshow presentation.

Compost Doctor

Composting is a great way to turn your food and garden waste into a free fertiliser for your garden.

Getting started is easy.  Find out more about composting via the Compost Doctor website.  You can even submit a question to the Compost Doctor?  Ask it here.

NSW WeedWise App

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has developed the NSW WeedWise App to assist home gardeners, farmers, land managers and weed professionals with weed identification and management strategies.

The WeedWise App can be downloaded for free from iTunes.

Red Guide Posts Mark the Spot!

As you drive around the Wagga Wagga area you may soon spot some red markers on the roadside verge.  These new markers will indicate the start and end of an infestation of a noxious weed.

This is a pilot project coordinated by the Eastern and Western Riverina Noxious Weeds Advisory Groups and the Lachlan and Macquarie Valley Weeds Advisory Committee that received funding from NSW Government's Weeds Action Program.  Weeds that will be targeted include Parthenium weed, Chilean needle grass, Serrated tussock and Coolatai grass.  

If you see a red guide post do not enter the area.  By entering this area seeds may attach to your vehicle, clothing or footwear and be easily spread throughout our region. 

For further information please contact Wagga Wagga City Councils Land and Vegetation Management Officers on 1300 292 442. 

BinTrim

Do you work in small to medium enterprise of 1-200 employees?  Are you looking you for an opportunity to reduce the waste your business sends to landfill?  Participating in the BinTrim program can assist your business in better managing its waste.  Find out more about the program and how you can get involved here.

BinTrim brochure 

Wollundry Lagoon Floating Reed Bed

Following on from improvement works around the foreshore of the lagoon and the previous sediment removal works a 6x20m floating reed bed has been installed on the waters of the Wollundry Lagoon in a trial project to help further improve water quality.

Why are we doing it?

The Wollundry Lagoon is a natural drainage basin for a large area of the city from the higher parts of Mount Austin, Turvey Park and central Wagga to Gurwood Street - covering an area of 539 hectares. 

Storm water from these areas carries litter and debris from the streets in to the lagoon and as a result there are a number of pollutants in the lagoon including oils and fuels from cars, bird and animal faeces, organic matter from fallen leaves, nutrients from garden fertilizers and general litter.

Council's Plan of Management for the Wollundry Lagoon recommended the installation of 1000 m2 of floating reed beds to aid in controlling nutrient accumulation and to help reduce algae. 

Floating reed beds remove suspended solids, nutrients, phytoplankton, and reduce biological oxygen demand which helps to improve the quality of the water in the lagoon which ultimately ends up in the Murrumbidgee River.

How is it done?

A locally growing Sedge, Carex appressa, is planted on the reed bed which is anchored to the bottom of the lagoon with sufficient freedom to float up and down with changing water levels.

The reed beds are designed to allow the plant roots to grow deep in to the water to physically filter and remove algae-causing nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous. If this initial phase proves to be successful additional reed beds may be installed in the future.

What do they look like?

In the first six months or so the plants will be covered by a mesh netting to protect the reeds from being trampled. Once they are established this will be removed and the reed beds will add to the visual amenity of the lagoon.

Where is it located? 

The 120mreed bed has been installed on the northern side of the lagoon between Ivan Jack Drive and the Wollundry Bridge.

Where can I find out more?

If you want further information on the project you can call 1300 292 442 and ask to speak to Council's Natural Resource Management Officer, David Read.

Sediment and Erosion Control

Under the POEO Act it is illegal to pollute or cause or permit pollution of waters. Under the Act, 'water pollution' includes introducing litter, wash water, soil, debris, detergent, paint, cement slurry, building materials etc.into waters or placing such material where it is likely to be washed or blown into waters or the stormwater system or percolate into groundwater. Be aware that it is the builder's and developer's responsibility to keep building sites clean and stop erosion and building materials from entering stormwater drains. 

Heavy fines, of up to $1500, may be imposed – to avoid them, follow these steps:

  • Have one stable entry and exit point for vehicles
  • Minimise the amount of land disturbed during construction
  • Locate stockpiles away from the road, paths, drainage lines and watercourses
  • Remove accidental spills on the road or gutter
  • Don't wash excess materials and water from cleaning tools and equipment down stormwater drains
  • Minimise on-site vehicle activity during wet weather or when the site is muddy
  • Ensure sediment fencing is installed around site

Would you like to know more? Call Council's Environmental Compliance officer on 1300 292 442 for further detail. 

Myna Scan

Myna birds are an introduced species that threatens the Australian environment. Myna birds compete with native fauna for nesting hollows and food which causes native species to become displaced therefore decreasing the biodiversity in that area. 

You can get involved and help reduce the threat of this species by reporting what you see to Myna Scan. Use the website to map your sighting to help those who work to manage Myna populations. Visit www.feralscan.org.au to contribute.

Plastic Bag Reduction

Plastic bags left in our environment as litter can harm our native wildlife and degrade our parks, reserves and bushland. And those plastic bags that do make it to landfill may sit there for up to 1,000 years! 

Say 'NO' to plastic bags.

Take part in Recyclabag and show your commitment to ridding our environment of this plastic litter. Bring 10 plastic bags to the Customer Service counter at the Wagga Wagga City Council Civic Centre and in return you will receive 1 reusable shopping bag.

If you are already using reusable shopping bags, show us 5 of your finest and we will gladly add another one to your collection.

Your plastic bags will be sent to Kurrajong Recyclers to be recycled into new plastic products. 

The Land for Wildlife program encourages landholders to put aside a part, or all of their land, as a refuge for wildlife. Properties of half a hectare or more are eligible for the program.

Land for Wildlife is a great way to promote biodiversity and create corridors for the safe movement of native animals around our region.

View the Land for Wildlife brochure for further information and to complete an expression of interest. You can also submit an expression of interest through the Community Environment Network website.