Kakadu celebrates World Wetlands Day

Paper water liles were made while the children talked about ways to save water.

World Wetlands Day was filled with colour (and much-needed icy poles!) as local residents joined park staff to create  water lily bracelets and their own paper wetlands habitats.

We all got together with the West Arnhem Shire Council, the National Environment Research Program and staff from Supervising Scientist for an egg and bacon barbecue breakfast and heaps of info on sustainable uses of water resources.

The children loved making their own wetlands.

It was also a day to celebrate local talent. Twelve year old Hezekiah Lane, from the Manabadurma community in Jabiru, took out second prize in the WetlandCare Australia National Art and Photography Competition 2013.

Each year the park holds a workshop giving young artists the opportunity to learn traditional art skills – and this is the fifth year in a row an Arnhem resident has been awarded! Our thanks to traditional artists David Cameron and Abraham Dakglalwuy who ran the workshops this year.

WetlandCare Australia will incorporate the winning artworks in products to fundraise and promote the conservation and restoration of  Australian wetlands.

Check out the talented artists on the WetlandCare Australia website www.wetlandcare.com.au where the winning artworks are displayed in an online gallery.

Hezekiah's artwork titled 'Almingiyi, Nawandak, Namarngol and Bikkorr' represents the importance of bush tucker in wetlands.

Tracey, Kakadu National Park

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