Lawari Conservation Park

Where is it?: Lawari Conservation Park is located at the eastern end of Hindmarsh Island, near the Murray Mouth at Goolwa. It covers important wetlands containing a diverse array of habitats that support threatened fish and water bird species.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 1058 hectares. Hundred of Nangkita – Sections 65, 74, 89, 92, 99, 100, 108, 109, 186, 413, 604; Allotment 129 (Deposited Plan 56206), 16 (DP 57049), Pieces 10-12 (DP 79241), Allotments 19, 22 (DP 93270), Allotment 11 (DP 93277), Allotments 100-103, 112 and Pieces 108-109, 112-113 (FP 213447), Allotment 112 (FP 214663), Allotment 95 and Pieces 96, 97 (FP 216307) and Allotment 1 (Filed Plan 40190).

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources South Australian Murray-Darling Basin

History: This park was proclaimed on 21 March 2017 and  comprises two former grazing properties, purchased with assistance from the Commonwealth’s National Reserve System Program for inclusion into the protected area system. 

Lawari is the Ngarrindjeri word for Cape Barren Goose. 

Habitat: Over the past few years thousands of shrubs and trees have been planted on the former grazing lands. Along the edges of the waterways Swamp Paper-bark (Melaleuca halmaturorum) can be found.

Total Species Recorded to Date: 106 (non-passerines 69, passerines 37)

Common Species: Cape Barren Geese, Grey Teal, Australian White Ibis, White-faced Heron, Whiskered Tern, Singing Honeyeater

Less Common Species: Musk Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Spotless Crake, Elegant Parrot, Golden-headed Cisticola

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