Watawa Walk­way a wildlife cor­ri­dor thanks to Land­care

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

SEV­ERAL hun­dred na­tive trees are be­ing planted along the Watawa Walk­way be­tween Gin Gin and Tir­roan as part of a Gin Gin Land­care ini­tia­tive.

Cr Wayne Honor said the coun­cil was sup­port­ing the pro­ject by pro­vid­ing ma­te­ri­als.

“Coun­cil is fund­ing trees prop­a­gated by Gin Gin Land­care and sup­ply­ing fer­tiliser and stakes for this pro­ject but the plant­ing of the trees and any on­go­ing main­te­nance will be car­ried out by Land­care in con­junc­tion with em­ploy­ment providers such as NEATO,” Cr Honor said.

“The pop­u­lar 3km walk­way is part of the orig­i­nal rail­way cor­ri­dor which once car­ried pas­sen­gers and goods from Mt Perry to Bund­aberg and pro­vides scenic views over cane fields and rolling hills.”

Once es­tab­lished, the na­tive trees would pro­vide shade for res­i­dents us­ing the walk­way and of­fer pro­tec­tion to na­tive wildlife.

“Many res­i­dents en­joy walk­ing or cy­cling along this trail but dur­ing sum­mer it gets a bit hot in the un­pro­tected sec­tions,” Cr Honor said.

The av­enue of trees will also act as a wildlife cor­ri­dor and will en­cour­age more wildlife to the area.

The Tir­roan en­try to the trail is ad­ja­cent to Land­care nurs­ery and bush tucker gar­den, which is open to the public.

The name Watawa links to an early farm­ing set­tle­ment in the area, which is now farmed with sugar cane.

The rail­way opened all the way to Mt Perry in 1884 but was closed back to Gin Gin in 1991.

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