Early in 2014 Hobsons Bay City Council joined up with the Port Phillip Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) and created a five year partnership under the banner 'RAMSAR Protection Program'.
This program which is funded by the Australian Government covers coastal sites of international significance across Westernport and Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline).
Truganina Park, Altona Coastal Park, and Paisley Challis Wetlands have all been identified as important wader bird habitat.
The program focuses on protecting and enhancing our local coastal saltmarsh and mangrove vegetation communities by undertaking on-ground actions to remove habitat altering weeds, as well as fencing highly sensitive areas to manage public access.
These actions will enhance natural regrowth of indigenous vegetation. This will be supplemented by addition plantings, with the end goal being to improve habitat for our shorebirds.
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