Working in partnership, four families, two conservation groups, the New South Wales State Government, and the Commonwealth Government of Australia have developed an historic Memorandum of Understanding that will maintain conservation management of the unique Gwydir Wetlands.
The Gwydir Wetlands include the Lower Gwydir and the Gingham Wetlands located approximately 60kms west of Moree in north western NSW. These semi permanent terminal wetlands provide habitat for large numbers of waterbirds and support rare, endangered and vunerable species. The wetlands provide breeding and feeding habitat for large numbers of colonial waterbirds, with parts of the Wetlands being internationally important.
Vegetation that dominates the wetlands includes Coolibah woodlands, Lignum shrublands, River Cooba scrub, Water Couch and Spike-rush meadows and Marsh Club-rush reedbeds.
Both the Gingham Wetlands and the Lower Gwydir Wetlands receive water that has been diverted from the Gwydir River.
The wetlands are all privately owned and support commercial cattle grazing and cropping enterprises. The Gwydir Wetlands were the first wetlands in Australia to have private land listed under the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance.