Wildlife viewing platform ready
IT might be small, but this viewing platform nearing completion at Rockhampton’s Murray Lagoon will open up big opportunities for wildlife spotters.
“It will be an ideal place to see birds and turtles and eels,” John Rodgers said yesterday.
John is the project manager for Fitzroy River and Coastal Catchments, which is overseeing the restoration of the wetlands at the Botanic Gardens.
“We haven’t got an opening date for the platform yet, but it won’t be long now,” he said.
“Once the signs are up and the platform is finished, it will offer a great chance for people to see the native wildlife. And as part of the ongoing improvements, we will establish some reed beds for small birds that don’t have anywhere to nest at the moment, so there will be even more to see.”
It’s about 18 months since Bundaberg Rum gave $100,000 to pay for the drought-ravaged lagoon’s much needed restoration.
The money, partially raised at a Legends of League charity match in the city, has enabled the development of a management plan, weed removal and now the construction of a viewing platform.
Nature has played its part by filling the lagoon with rain water and Rockhampton Regional Council has battled with water lettuce which threatened to overwhelm and choke life from the wetland.
“The walkway will be wheelchair and pram friendly, and will really improve access to the lagoon for local people,” he said.
The lagoon, on the western edge of the gardens, has been an attraction since before the gardens were established 140 years ago.