2010/11 will be forever etched in the memory of central Victorians as the ‘The Big Wet’.
The landscape came to life in an unforgettable manner, especially the glorious wetlands of the Moolort Plains.
Yesterday, more than 5 years on, was an auspicious day for Long Swamp – the jewel in the crown of all the wetlands on the plains (there are ~ 100 in total). The 200ha site was officially launched as the Murray Family Conservation Reserve – the newest of Trust for Nature’s reserves with David Clark, chair of the North Central Catchment Management Authority; the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily d’Ambrosio; Max Ervin chair of Trust for Nature and Graham Atkinson, chair of the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation, cutting the ribbon for the official launch.
I was very sad in not being able to make the launch but have wonderful memories of wading around the swamp during the Big Wet, as flocks of ducks whizzed overhead and spoonbills and stilts fed in the shallows. Once a major Brolga flocking site, it is a place of immense significance for the Dja Dja Wurrung people – let’s hope it prospers in the times ahead, both wet and dry.