New Wetland Species

A new species has been discovered at the Hunter Wetlands Centre.

The lizard-like creature has 4 legs and is 5.5 metres long from head to tail. It has been spotted in the trees near Brambles Pond. It has a friendly face and loves kids climbing on it. The yet to be named creature is one of three new play installations in the grounds of the centre. 

Wetlands CEO, Ken Bayliss said, “We wanted to add some fun and adventure for kids exploring the wetlands. We also wanted structures that would sit well in our natural environment and have appeal for visitors of all ages.  Port Waratah Coal Services shared our vision and very generously covered the construction and installation costs.”

“The installations constructed by Timber Creations Nature Play from reclaimed native timbers fitted our requirements perfectly,” he said.

As well as the lizard there is a winged creature inspired by our Magpie Geese. The third installation is something different – a nature play area with a tepee shelter, activity table and ropes to draw kids in to build their own play around this space. All three installations are located around Brambles Pond and are an easy walk from the Visitor Centre.

CEO of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy said, “Supporting the Hunter Wetlands Centre to create enchanting playgrounds was an easy decision. They help to foster community interest in this significant environmental haven and provide active play areas for children.”

A naming competition is planned for the lizard-like creature so visit our Facebook page for details

Be sure to see these new species in their natural habitat during the school holidays starting 28 June.

The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a community-owned, not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers who manage this internationally recognised wetlands.

The playgrounds were funded through the Port Waratah Coal Services Community Investment and Partnership Program