Coastal wetland rehabilitation

A flock of Black-winged stilts flying over a rehabilitated wetland near Ballina, NSW

Black winged stilts flying over a rehabilitated wetland near Ballina, NSW. Photo by: Patrick Dwyer


Coastal wetlands are important for keeping waterways healthy. They also provide habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Wetlands act as natural water filters. They trap sediment and nutrients that can cause water pollution.

Healthy wetlands support coastal waterways that are good for swimming, boating and fishing.

The coastal wetlands rehabilitation action aims to improve water quality and habitat in NSW by:

  • purchasing private wetland properties next to existing protected areas and managing them to deliver water quality and habitat functions
  • helping land owners improve the health of wetlands on their property
  • returning natural water level variation in some wetlands
  • learning more about how to keep wetlands healthy.

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Lead agency

Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries (DPI-F)


To find out more, contact:

Max Osborne -

Patrick Dwyer -

Page last updated/reviewed: 12 Jun 2020