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A friend and I visited Laratinga Wetlands with the aim of capturing some images of the wildlife. We weren't too successful with capturing the images of wildlife however I did capture this young couple who were out bike riding and decided to stretch out and have a rest on the boardwalk. Maybe we will have better luck with the wildlife another day.

The Laratinga Wetland, constructed in 1999, is a District Council of Mount Barker development, located in Mt Barker in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of South Australia. The Aboriginal Peramangk peoples' name for the Mt Barker Creek is Laratinga.

Effluent from Littlehampton and Mount Barker, with a combined population of around 12000 in 2000 is treated at this plant. With a growing population, the disposal of this treated water became a concern to Council in 1993. For many years the treated water flowed into the Mt Barker Creek, and the impact on the ecology of the creek was becoming an issue. Upgrading of the treatment plant in the late 1990s included plans to build the large artificial wetland to filter the water further and reuse it for local irrigators, parks and gardens. Effluent from nearby Nairne is now being pumped to the effluent treatment plant and through the wetland, bypassing the Nairne oxidation lagoons. This is having obvious benefits on the health of the Nairne Creek. The improvements to the effluent treatment plant including the wetland cost around $5 million.

The wetland has taken several years to resemble a natural ecosystem. Landscaping design with the use of indigenous plant species has encouraged birds to utilise the wetland. Migrating birds utilise the safe island habitats. A food forest for Cockatoos has encouraged Cockatoos including the Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo back to the area. Several species of indigenous fish will be introduced to the wetland in the future.

http://www.dcmtbarker.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=316

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