Watawa Walkway a wildlife corridor thanks to Landcare
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.