Some significant dates:
- 1972, September
- Common effluent scheme opened.
This involved big ponds that were isolated from the Hutt River.
- Old effluent ponds removed and construction work on wetland completed on
the same site.
- 2012, early June
- 6ha of non-seeding rye grass planted for embankment stabilisation
- Council statement of practical completion for the initial project
- 2013, July
- Council received funding from the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources
Management Board to improve the biodiversity of the wetlands and Rural
Solutions SA were engaged to manage and deliver the project.
- 2014, early April?
- Lions consider involvement in Gleeson Wetlands
- 2014, early June
- Lions resolved to become involved in weed control and improving the
A joint venture agreement was signed between Lions and Clare and Gilbert
- Contractors (InField Ag) planted 3100 seedlings of grasses, sedges and
- Lions held their first working bee at the wetland.
Following working bees were scheduled for the last Sunday of each month.
This Internet site established.
- 2014/07/25, 27
- About 1000 seedlings planted by school students and community members
- 2014, August
- First payment from Council to Lions, $2000
- 2015, January (possibly December 2014)
Torii gate erected on the eastern side
of Pond 2.
Clare and Gilbert Valleys has a
sister city arrangement with Bizen in Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
- Lions plant the first 100 of about 500 seedlings grown by Trees For Life.
The remainder were planted over the following weeks and months.
- Lions Gleeson Wetlands Facebook page established
- Gleeson Wetlands added to Tripadviser
- 2015, late July
- The first of serious numbers (eventually more than a thousand) tree
guards put in place.
By the end of the year many guards were already being removed as the plants
- 2016, March
- Several hundred shrubs, grasses and ground-covers were planted following
the rains of 10th and 11th March.
The ground became too dry and hard for planting by about mid April.
- 2016, April
- Most areas were mulched by this time; this was a very big job and was
done over the whole of the period from the beginning of Lions' involvement.
- 2016, May
- Two narrow walking tracks were made through the plantings; one on the
western side of Pond 2 and the other on the north-eastern side of
south-eastern end of Pond 3.
By this time it was becoming apparent that tracks would be needed for people
to easily pass through the thickening vegetation and it would be better to
mark them out early rather than leaving them until they would have to be cut
By early 2017 these tracks had become indistinguishable because of weeds,
weeding and the necessary spreading of mulch.
Maintaining similar tracks needs more voluntary labour than is forthcoming.
- 2016, September
- Ford on water course from Inchiquin lake washed out
- 2017, July
- Bird hide built
Lions Gleeson Wetlands added to Google Earth and Google Maps.
- 2017, August
- Ford on water course from Inchiquin lake repared
Council has a historical
collection of photos
dating from before the establishment of the wetlands (when there were
sewage ponds on the site) up until the first plantings.
Unfortunatly only one of the photos is dated (07/06/2012).
Council also has a
4 minute video on
the wetlands which tells about the establishment and shows the wetlands at
a very early stage (probably about March 2013).