Water for Snipe at Milang

The Milang Snipe Sanctuary (the Sanctuary) is stormwater-fed fringing wetland of Lake Alexandrina that is special. It’s special because the rare Latham’s Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) return each year during spring and summer after a long flight from arctic areas in the Northern hemisphere. While they are here, the snipe need to feed and rapidly increase their body fat to be able to make the return journey to their breeding grounds. Birds that leave here in good condition are more likely to be successful breeders and return once again to Australia. As the Sanctuary relies on stormwater to maintain water levels, dry summers result in no foraging habitat for snipe. Snipe numbers have been excellent since their arrival in August 2017, up to 14 individuals in one sitting, however they will need to move to find suitable foraging areas as the wetland has dried.

map overview environmental watering trial

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Together with Nature Foundation SA (NFSA) and Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning (GWLAP), Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin have an exciting opportunity to deliver a small volume of water via pumping to the south basin of the Sanctuary to provide suitable foraging habitat for migratory waders, particularly snipe. This water will inundate low lying shrublands and sedgelands in the south basin of the Sanctuary to an average water level depth of ten centimetres across approximately 40% of the wetland in the very southern area near Pobbybonk Point (see map). The proposal is to trial a small four-inch pump to deliver approximately 4 mega litres over 3 days with 2-3 smaller top-up volumes a few weeks apart. The small pump is portable and would be run only between 9am and 5pm and not on weekends or public holidays. If successful, the trial will provide rich foraging areas for snipe and other birds that prefer the shelter of samphire and low sedges such another threatened species, the Australasian bittern.

Do you have any questions, concerns or would like more information? Drop-in and see Wetlands Management Officer Kate Mason at the MOSHCC (24-25 Daranda Tce, Milang) at the times listed below or phone or email Kate at 0407793634,  kate.mason@sa.gov.au

Friday 2nd February (World Wetlands Day!) – 9am- 4p
Monday 5th February – 9am – 4pm
Friday 9th February – 9am – 4pm

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Lakes Hub Bulletin #238

  • River Murray independent water management compliance investigation
  • Healthy Rivers Roadshow
  • Bats in Your Backyard
  • History Spot – Currency Creek
  • Aussie Backyard bird count
  • Look out for local turtles
  • Coorong Fish finding their way
  • DENWR – Long nosed fur seal monitoring2016 Sept – 238 

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Lakes Hub Newsletter 237

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It has been a somewhat chaotic
couple of months for those of us who
used to work for the Lakes Hub. Many
of us are still around, helping out with
various not-quite-finished projects.
Andrew, in conjunction with the
EcoCreative team and the Coorong
District Council, installed the Fishing
information display at Meningie. Feel
free to pop in during council opening
hours, to check it out.
I have been taking hundreds of wildflower photos, as well as helping organise the community seal count.
With a wetter than usual winter right across the basin, including some huge
downpours, quite a few of us have been celebrating the increased flows out
of the Murray Mouth. To put this into context—The River Murray system
experienced highest July inflow for 20 years. In During the week ending 23
August 2016, total barrage releases were approximately 527 GL.

Articles within this newsletter include:

  • Top spots for whale watching,
  • New plant species population found in the SE,
  • 2016 NAIDOC Award winner,
  • Wingate Property Management Planning
  • Butter Factory working bees
  • Water allocation and advances in government water management policy
  • New research paper on community monitoring of Acid Sulfate Soils.
  • Release of the CLLMM Water Quality monitoring summary report
  • Changes to the Native Vegetation Act Regulations
  • DEWNR Long-nosed Fur Seal monitoring data
  • The Coorong and Lakes Ramsar Wetland Portal
  • The origin of the place name ‘Finniss’
  • FrogWatch workshops
  • Lake water levels.

If there is anything specific that you would like to see in next months Bulletin, please send an email to Glen at info@lakeshub.com.

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June/July Lakes Hub Bulletin

June-July Bulletin 2016

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A little late, due to the mad flurry towards the end of the financial year, but released at last 🙂

This edition of the Lakes Hub bulletin is the first one being produced without financial assistance from the CLLMM Project.

With one door closing, another opens. The Lakes Hub came about through community advocacy and with continued support will be able to continue to deliver community education while facilitating a clear, informed community voice.

While we are planning to continue an electronic presence (bulletin, Facebook and website), it would be good to be able to also continue a physical presence, particularly in the face of new environmental challenges with regard to water restrictions, climate change, reduction of agency presence, Carp control discussions, Fur Seal population expansion and many others.

We are looking for volunteers, donations and sponsorship to help us maintain physical shop-fronts at Milang and Meningie over the longer term.  If you can put your hand up please click here to provide details of your support.

With your help, we hope to continue the Lakes Hub as an independent community run environmental resource centre, that supports our wonderful region and communities. 

We already have enough support to complete the Community Drought Ready planning process, while continuing to release the Bulletin on a monthly basis.

With enough additional support we could run sessions on Carp Herpes Virus, Lake levels, environmental watering, the SE Flows project, Milang Foreshore Project, provide support for community Fur Seal monitoring and potentially run a Lakes and Coorong Issues Forum in 2018, similar to the biannual events run by the Friends of Great Salt Lake.

There are also some exciting regional collaborations around tourism that will only be happen through local knowledge and working together.

Other articles within this addition: 

  • Quick Facts from the Lakes Hub Annual Report
  • An article on the impacts of lake-level drops on water supply to vineyards around Langhorne Creek and some solutions implemented by various landholders
  • Discussion about firewood collection from roadsides and reserves
  • New weather station app produced by Natural Resources SA MDB
  • Summaries of interviews with two community members, who have been involved in drought recovery work since the beginning.
  • A history of Milang, as given by school children at the opening of the new displays at the Railway Museum.
  • An article on the installation of a new pipeline at Tolderol Game Reserve, including some great maps.



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Section 3 Coorong and Lakes Environmental Forum 2016

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