Laratinga Wetlands, Mount Barker

Where is it?: These artificial wetlands are between Bald Hills Road and Springs Road have been created to filter the water from the Mount Barker Effluent Works. There is a car park along Bald Hills Road. Public transport (Bus Route 840X) is available from the City to Mount Barker. Alight at Hutchison Street and then catch the Mount Barker East clockwise service (Bus Route 838/838H). The closest bus stop is 69E on Springs Road or 71 on Bald Hills Road with a short walk to the wetlands.


Owner: District Council of Mount Barker.

Property summary: Total area 12 hectares. Hundred of Macclesfield – Allotments 31, 100, 817

History: In the early 1990s, a natural treatment system was developed by the Council to enhance the existing Community Wastewater Management Scheme (CWMS). The purpose of this natural treatment system was to naturally clean the wastewater to a standard which is high enough for it to be reused. An artificial wetland, made up of three large ponds, was  constructed in 1999. 

The ponds are incorporated into an area of approximately 12 hectares, holding on average about 100 megalitres of water at any given time. The ponds effectively form a giant filter that cleans the water as it slowly moves through them.

Habitat: There are some large naturally occurring river red gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). Extensive plantings of river red gum, common reed (Phragmites australis), hakeas (Hakea sp. ), wattles (Acacia sp.) and tussocky grasses and sedges have been made.

More information: Mount Barker District Council

Total Species Recorded to Date: 159 (non-passerines 100, passerines 59)

Common Species: Maned Duck, Australian White Ibis, Baillon’s Crake, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, New Holland Honeyeater

Less Common Species: Australasian Shelduck, Great Crested Grebe, Spotless Crake, Latham’s Snipe


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