A FLOOD of money is about to hit Newcastle's waterways, which will be used to stabilise banks, remove weeds and stop pollutants from entering local creeks.
The Newcastle Riparian-Ramsar Connections project announced last week will encompass an area that includes the top of Braye Park in Waratah West, travel down through to Newcastle University and on to the Hunter Wetlands Centre site at Shortland.
WetlandCare Australia will lead the project that aims to improve the health of the water and habitats for flora and fauna across multiple suburbs and more than 92 hectares.
WetlandCare Australia Hunter region manager Louise Duff said the $1.65-million project was threefold and would take four years to complete.
"The ponds have become impounded thanks to construction sites in the area," Ms Duff said.
"We've also had unstable creek beds, with sediment coming away and effectively turning the waterways into dams."
On-ground works will remove the sediment and stabilise unstable creeks, as well as remove an explosion of noxious weeds that have taken over in the past five years.
Funds will also be injected into the Good Bushland Neighbours project, which aims to educate people living on blocks adjoining the wetlands about weeds and erosion.
Indigenous Australians will also be employed to train and mentor others in bush regeneration throughout the area.
Ms Duff said having the community involved in the protection of local biodiversity was a core ingredient of the project. She said the project would involve Newcastle University, Hunter Water, Awabakal Local Land Council and Newcastle council, as well as conservation volunteers and people that live nearby.
The Newcastle Riparian-Ramsar Connections project is funded through the federal government's Caring For Our Community program.