TOPIC FOR DEBATE: The Broadwater Wetland near Maclean is in the running to be listed as a Wetland of International Importance.
TOPIC FOR DEBATE: The Broadwater Wetland near Maclean is in the running to be listed as a Wetland of International Importance.

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By ADRIAN MILLER

THE Broadwater Wetland near Maclean is being considered for a listing as a Wetland of International Importance and the Clarence Valley community will have the opportunity to contribute its views regarding the listing.

A public meeting will be held tomorrow night at the Maclean Showground to discuss the proposed listing and to hear public thoughts and concerns in relation to it. A Broadwater Wetland Working Group has been formed to examine the potential nomination and will be on hand to hear submissions from the community.

Broadwater Wetland Working Group chair Julian Prior said the listing would not affect current users of the Broadwater.

"The important thing about Ramsar policy is ... (it) has been set up to allow existing wise users," Mr Prior said.

"It says if the use is wise and sustainable, then there's no reason to stop it."

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is an international agreement which promotes the wise use of wetland areas throughout the world.

Other areas to be listed in- clude Moreton Bay in Queensland, Myall Lakes and Llangthlin Lagoon in NSW, and the Coorong in South Australia.

Mr Prior called for members of the community to attend the meeting to hear all relevant information and raise issues which they believe are important to the Broadwater.

Mr Prior said the listing would help to raise the international profile of the Broadwater and would mean more money would be made available to study and look after it in general. The meeting will run from 6pm in the Jim Thompson pa- vilion.



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