World Wetlands Day 2014 - Wetlands and agriculture: partners for growth

Sunday, 16 February 2014

2 February each year is World Wetlands Day and we are celebrating in our wetlands.

Rescheduled for Sunday 16 February

Due to the expected extreme temperatures and in the interest of public wellbeing and safety, this open day has been rescheduled for Sunday 16 February.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you had previously booked to attend a tour at the Western Treatment Plant, you MUST rebook for the rescheduled date and time.

Please contact us online or phone 13 17 22 to book a tour or if would like to be placed on our information email list.

We are holding open days at the Western Treatment Plant and the Edithvale-Seaford Wetland Education Centre.  The open day gives the public the opportunity to participate in tours and educational activities.

The theme for 2014 is Wetlands and Agriculture, and the slogan 'Partners for Growth' reflects the importance of water and wetlands in productive landscapes.

Using our wetlands wisely is an essential component of the delivery of sustainable water management.  Ensuring that wetland ecosystems and their water are well managed benefits people and wildlife.

Sunday 16 February 2014
Check event details below​

​Edithvale-Seaford Wetland Education Centre


Western Treatment Plant

  • No bookings required for Edithvale-Seaford Wetland Education Centre
  • No bookings required to attend Western Treatment Plant
  • Bookings are essential for Western Treatment Plant tours
  • If you have already booked for 2 February - you MUST rebook for the rescheduled event on 16 February
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What​ ​Edithvale-Seaford Wetland Education Centre


278 Edithvale Road
Chelsea Heights VIC


​When ​1:00PM - 5:00PM

Bug Watching – get up close a personal with a number of water bugs that call the wetlands home.

Walking Tour – this is an opportunity to learn from local volunteers about their knowledge and experience of the wetlands while taking a stroll around the perimeter.

Information displays – find out what Birdlife Australia’s monitoring is telling us about bird population on the site.


What​ ​Western Treatment Plant Discovery Centre


New Farm Road
Werribee VIC



​8:45AM - 3:00PM

Free BBQ between 11:30AM and 1:00PM


The plant is an internationally recognised haven for birdlife and home to many native animal and plant species. The site has been treating wastewater for over one hundred years and also supports extensive agricultural production.

Our discovery centre will be open, where you can learn more about the latest projects from Birdlife Australia and Melbourne Water.

Find out:

  • How sewage treatment processes contribute to the biodiversity of the area.
  • How sewage treatment, agriculture and conservation co-exist at WTP.
  • Why the WTP is considered a wetland of international significance.
  • About bird watching and bird identification.
  • How people can get involved with our community based monitoring programs including the Frog Census and wetland monitoring program.


​What ​Western Treatment Plant Tours


​New Farm Road
Werribee VIC


Tour 1: 9:00AM - 11.30AM
Tour 2: 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Tour 3: 12:00PM – 2:30PM​

Make a reservation online or call 131 722

Make sure you let us know: 

  • the number of people in your group
  • which tour you would like to attend

Join us for a tour of the plant and wetlands.

  • There are limited seats, so bookings are essential. 
  • Tours are only suitable for those aged 8 years and over.​

World Wetlands Day history 

World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetlands.

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For more information contact us online or call 131 722.

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