Tamar Island Wetlands Volunteers have been shortlisted for the Fairfax Landcare Community Group Award. This award celebrates an outstanding community group that is working towards sustainable land use or is undertaking on-ground action to protect, enhance or restore an area on behalf of the community.

The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre (TIWC) CARes Volunteer Group is a branch of Wildcare Inc. and operates the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre, in Riverside, with support from a part-time centre coordinator on behalf of the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. The group has been successfully operating the centre since it opened in November 2000 and now welcomes over 38,000 visitors annually. The 26 members of the volunteer team primarily provide visitor and educational information, focusing on a range of environmental topics, including wetlands ecology, wetlands fauna and flora and the pest fish, Gambusia holbrooki. The volunteer team provide in excess of 5,500 volunteer hours annually to the TIWC and the community as a first point of contact in interpreting these unique wetlands.

The winner will be announced at the National Landcare Awards in Brisbane on 11 October.

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