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SA Government Wetlands Strategy 2003

The South Australian government recognises that wetlands are an essential part of the state’s natural assets. Estuaries, coastal marshes and swamps, mound springs, floodplains, and seasonal, ephemeral and permanent lakes and watercourses are all wetlands that must be managed and protected for the benefit of present and future generations. Our wetlands assist in the purification of water, mitigate the impacts of floods, replenish the groundwater and provide vital refuge, nursery areas and habitat for many species. Wetlands are often places of great cultural and spiritual significance for indigenous people, and offer opportunities for recreation and relaxation for all Australians.