In February 2019 Biotropica personnel completed Stage 1 of the Smithfield Village Wetlands Rehabilitation Project with the planting of 4500 palms, trees and shrubs. The Satterley Property Group, Australia’s largest privately-owned property development company, commissioned Biotropica to plan and implement this project, which will restore one of the few remaining natural wetlands in the local area. Around 45 local native species were used, reflecting the range of microhabitats induced by changes in the extent of inundation. Locally iconic species including narrow-leaf paperbark (Melaleuca leucadendra) and alexander palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae) feature prominently in the plantings which are designed to provide additional wildlife habitat, buffer the wetland from weed invasion and filter water entering the adjacent Half Moon Creek mangroves. Preparation is well underway for a planting of 6000 local species later in 2019.