Gibson, Kay Pamela
Award winner in 2010
The Vasse-Wonnerup Wetlands comprise around 2,500 hectares of estuarine marshland, tidal floodplain, saline samphire marshes and stands of remnant estuarine forest. They also provide habitat for over 30,000 water birds.
In 1990 the Western Australian Government nominated the Vasse-Wonnerup wetlands for inclusion in the ‘RAMSAR Convention’; an international governmental treaty aimed at the conservation of wetlands of international significance and the wise use of wetlands generally. Consequently approximately 1,115 hectares of the wetlands are listed on the basis of their international importance in terms of ecology, botany, zoology and hydrology.
A final report made in 2005 in conjunction with the W.A. Planning Commission, CALM, Department of Environment, Department of Agriculture, Water Corporation, Shire of Busselton and Geo Catch identifies the complex management strategies required to conserve this precious wetland.