It’s been a long haul but the Grey Box Re­serve track is go

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IT’S been sev­eral years in the mak­ing, but the Grey Box Re­serve’s walk­ing track is fi­nally open.

And the Kyabram Ur­ban Land­care Group is keen to share it with you.

The freshly-grav­elled 1km path­way of­fers the per­fect walk­ing spot through the grey box bush.

And you won’t be on your own for long, with plenty of feath­ered friends to be dis­cov­ered along the way.

A flour­ish­ing crop of un­der­story shrubs planted by the group has seen roughly 65 dif­fer­ent species of birds make their new home at the re­serve.

The path is also com­plete with new sig­nage.

Funded by a coun­cil grant, the signs fea­ture in­for­ma­tion of lo­cal birds, plants and gen­eral nat­u­ral fea­tures in the re­serve.

The path was funded by a gen­er­ous $6000 do­na­tion from the late Fred Billings, a Ky lo­cal pas­sion­ate about giv­ing back to his town.

Mem­ber Doug Small con­grat­u­lated the group on their hard work through­out the years, reveg­e­tat­ing the re­serve, con­trol­ling weeds and main­tain­ing fences.

‘‘It’s an amaz­ing lit­tle bit of bush­land — and the best thing is, it’s right on our doorstep,’’ he said. ‘‘A lot of peo­ple don’t even re­alise. We want peo­ple to make use of the re­serve. We don’t want to lock it up, we want to share it.’’

Hop­ing to main­tain the nat­u­ral bal­ance of the re­serve, the group dis­cour­ages dogs and bikes on the path.

Kyabram Ur­ban Land­care Group will be hold­ing an of­fi­cial open­ing of the re­serve on Sun­day, Novem­ber 26 from 2pm.

En­ter at the Park­land Golf Course carpark.

RSVP to Brian 0429 834 566 or Neville 0421 556 556 by Mon­day for ca­ter­ing.

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