RIVERSTONE MEATWORKS WETLANDS
Dr MEHREEN FARUQI ( 10:03 ): I move:
(1) That this House notes that:
(a) the Riverstone Meatworks Wetlands encompasses an area of one hectare and is the only wading bird habitat in Greater Sydney that is located outside of a floodplain;
(b) Riverstone Meatworks closed in 1984 and the shallow wastewater ponds developed into a unique habitat for native and international migratory birds;
(c) more than 100 native bird species and 400 individual birds have been recorded at Riverstone Meatworks Wetlands; and
(d) endangered migratory species from as far as Russia and Japan arrive each year to the Riverstone Wetlands, and the uniquely nutrient-rich wetlands provide them with the sustenance needed to make their international migrations.
(2) That this House:
(a) acknowledges that conservation of New South Wales environment provides communities with opportunities to engage with nature and provides beneficial econom ic outcomes by creating tourism opportunities; and
(b) affirms the ecological value of the Riverstone Meatworks Wetlands and supports efforts to ensure that the habitat is maintained.
Motion agreed to.