WORK on the preservation of the Sapphire Gemfields Wetlands is under way, with a clean-up of the area planned for the near future.
A meeting at Roy Day Park late last year attracted interested community members keen to see the Wetlands turned into an attraction for residents and visitors to the region, and still preserve the wetlands' environmental needs and values.
Central Highlands Regional Resources Use Planning Cooperative (CHRRUP) has partnered with Central Highlands Regional Council to work with concerned residents in determining the future of the area.
Those attending the meeting were taken on a walking tour of the wetlands, so they could fully appreciate the beauty of the area.
The focus is now on cleaning the wetlands of rubbish, with a working bee to be held soon.
The wetland is about 17ha in size when full of water and is located within a fenced 94.5ha reserve for natural resource management purposes, which is under CHRC trusteeship.
The larger area provides protection to the fringing vegetation surrounding the wetland and provides scope for walking trails. The reserve is adjacent to Roy Day Park.
Volunteers are now being sought to lend a helping hand at a clean-up working bee.