The Inner West Council area has two wetland areas: Tempe Lands in Tempe, and Whites Creek Wetland in Annandale.
Both of these wetlands are excellent examples of how a man-made habitat can become a thriving ecosystem, home to numerous native plants and animals.
Off South Street, Tempe (up the hill adjacent to the golf driving range)
Tempe Lands was the site of a shale quarry in the 1920s, a greyhound racing track in the 1940s, and then a rubbish tip until the mid-1970s.
In 2004 the then-Marrickville Council began extensive work to remediate the site, and one year later it was reopened as new parklands featuring a golf driving range, a fenced off-leash dog exercise area, walking paths and wetlands.
The wetlands have since become a thriving haven for native wildlife. Local volunteer group Tempe Birdos meets monthly to survey bird life and other fauna in the wetlands. In 2017, the group recorded their 100th bird species sighting.
Whites Creek Wetland
Smith Street (near Wisdom Street), Annandale
The Whites Creek Wetland was completed and opened to the public in 2002. Since then, it has been a great success. The ecosystem is thriving, with a wide range of plants and animals living there.
The wetland performs a number of important ecological functions, such as filtering stormwater before it reaches Rozelle Bay and Sydney Harbour and providing a freshwater habitat for a number of species including long-necked turtles, frogs, native fish, numerous insects and other aquatic organisms. Many different species of bird also inhabit the wetland and surrounding area.