The Heyfield Wetlands has a long association with the township of Heyfield. In 1872 the Maffra Shire declared the area now known as the Heyfield Wetlands as the town common. Many groups have made use of it over the years, such as the Light Horse Brigade as a parade ground, a rifle range, horse races were held in the 1920’s and again in 1990’s, festivals and it was the original football and cricket grounds before the new one was built. With a new committee plans were made to make it into a working wetlands. This came to fruition in 1999 with the building of ponds and 3km of walkways. Over the past years a number of bridges and boardwalks have been built and thousands of trees planted.
The Wetlands is a community project with various agencies giving their support, such as the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Wellington Shire, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Southern Rural Water Authority and Gippsland Water Authority. Local groups such as the Lions Club, Apex Club, Rotary Club, The RSL, and all of the local schools also support the Wetlands with working groups.
In 2003 the Wetlands Information Centre was opened. It is a spectacular building featuring timber for the local timber mill, and clad by radial sawn timber from Yarram. It is open ever day from 10am to 3pm and 4pm on weekends, and is manned by volunteers. Not only is it used for tourist information the building is also available to be hired for functions, meetings and touring groups. Talks on the local area and timber industry are given
upon request, light refreshments are available upon request. A free electric BBQ is situated outside of the building and can be used at any time of the day or night. There is a permanent art exhibition which is changed regularly. Local crafts, souvenirs, maps and books are on sale.
Groups that meet regularly are the Wetlands bird watching group, Water watch, Landcare and the Local Spinners group, phone to see what dates they meet and join in.
Heyfield Wetlands Centre is situated just over the Thomson river bridge at 1a MacFarlane Street, Heyfield, 3858. Phone 0351483404 for information or to hire the venue. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org