The Jabiru Geneebeinga Wetlands, in North Casino, were developed in 1988 as a bicentennial project with an aim to support and preserve habitat primarily for native bird species, as well as offer a viewing platform and an amphitheatre.
While more 130 species of native, local and migratory birds utilise the site, over the years its condition has deteriorated with weed incursion and declining resources for maintenance. Sunday 30 July 2017, National Tree Day, saw the first steps of restoration efforts for the wetlands. This event was achieved in partnership with the Jabiru Geneebeinga Wetland Restoration Working Group, Casino Scouts, Casino Environment Centre, Richmond Valley Council, Kyogle Landcare and the Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Network all on board.
The opportunity exists for this precinct to become an important regional tourist destination as it also includes the Casino Golf Course and Casino Mini-rail. Richmond Dairies has proposed a project in conjunction with Southern Cross University to utilise the land they currently use for grazing to expand the Wetlands and provide improved processes for effluent management, to enhance the existing wetlands. Improved habitat, wetlands and facilities could become an exciting draw card for birdwatchers and visitors who enjoy the outdoors.