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Supporting Conservation Volunteers Australia to roll out new wetland care program in Hobsons Bay

On Monday, 23 May 2016, Conservation Volunteers Australia was excited to launch a new Victorian Wetland Care program at the Paisley Challis Reserve, with the support of ExxonMobil Australia.

Wetlands are among the most important life support systems on Earth and are a critical part of our natural environment, providing habitat for waterbirds, fish and hundreds of bird species as well as supporting food sources for a large variety of native animals.

The Victorian Wetland Care program aims to support wetland sites of international significance in the Hobsons Bay and Gippsland areas through on-ground actions and community education programs. 

The program will focus on two RAMSAR listed wetlands, including the Paisley Challis Wetlands in Hobsons Bay. The Paisley Challis Wetlands contain native grasslands, which provide habitat for the endangered Altona Skipper Butterfly, and more than 200 species of birds. 

“We are pleased to launch the Victorian Wetland Care program.  This project is a great example of how organisations and the community can partner together to provide knowledge, capacity and resources to make a demonstrable difference to conservation of wetlands and the broader environment.” said Colin Jackson, CEO Conservation Volunteers Australia.
The Victorian Wetland Care program comprises a teacher resource and a study pack that highlights the diversity in Victorian wetlands, and assists Year 4 students to learn about ecosystems and the interrelations of plants and animals. Conservation Volunteers Australia will also undertake school visits, providing an additional information pack with a bird species treasure hunt for students to use during nature walks in their local wetlands.

More information on the Victorian Wetland Care Program can be found online at 

The Victorian Wetland Care Program is in partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia and WetlandCare Australia and in consultation with Parks Victoria and Hobsons Bay City Council.  The project is funded by ExxonMobil Australia, Mobil’s Australian parent company, which has been a long term supporter of Conservation Volunteers Australia.

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Photo — From L-R Mobil Altona Refinery Safety, Security, Health & Environment Manager, David Schuller, Deputy Mayor of Hobsons Bay City Council, Cr Sandra Wilson, Hobsons Bay City Council CEO Chris Eddy, Hobsons Bay Senior Conservation Ranger, Andrew Webster, Conservation Volunteers Australia Manager of Conservation Ian Smith,  Federal Member for Gellibrand, Tim Watts and Hobsons Bay Ranger at the Wetlands Program Launch at the Paisley Challis Wetlands.