$200,000 Kyffins Re­serve project

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

Restor­ing 2.3kms of walk­ing track lead­ing to, and 400 me­tres of fenc­ing in, pop­u­lar Kyffins Re­serve on the out­skirts of Mul­wala is the sec­ond of the two ma­jor projects for Mul­wala.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil in­cluded the $197,087 Kyffins Re­serve project in its list of projects via coun­cil’s Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Ma­jor Projects Fund as an­nounced on May 16.

“This is an­other good step link­ing the town to Kyffins Re­serve, en­cour­ag­ing what we al­ready have there which is a won­der­ful re­serve,” coun­cil Lo­cal Ref­er­ence Com­mit­tee mem­ber Daryl Davey of Mul­wala told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“It’s a hid­den trea­sure. Not a lot of peo­ple make the ef­fort to see the flora and fauna, or walk or run - ex­er­cise - at Kyffins. One again, it’s pro­mot­ing health and well-be­ing for peo­ple.”

Kyffins Re­serve is 55 hectares in size with ap­prox­i­mately 1.2 kilo­me­tres of lake frontage and is man­aged by Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil (for­merly by Corowa Shire Coun­cil) on be­half of the NSW Depart­ment of Crown Lands since 1975.

The re­serve is a much sought af­ter area for camp­ing, fish­ing, walk­ing, and other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. A tor­nado in March 2013 stripped many of the tree canopies within the re­serve. As a re­sult the area is now ex­posed to weed in­fes­ta­tion, land degra­da­tion and soil pol­lu­tion from ex­treme weather events and in­dis­crim­i­nant hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties.

The im­pacts are ev­i­dent in the pro­lif­er­a­tion of ex­otic grasses which in­crease the fire risk to campers and the wood­lands it­self. Long term ex­po­sure will sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact on the area’s nat­u­ral ecosys­tem and na­tive plants.

Col­lab­o­ra­tion between the for­mer Corowa Shire Coun­cil, Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices, Goul­burn Bro­ken Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity, and the Yorta Yorta Na­tion Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion iden­ti­fied the ex­is­tence of Abo­rig­i­nal ob­jects that are now ex­posed, re­quir­ing Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil ac­tion fol­low­ing con­sid­er­a­tion of feed­back from com­mu­nity.

The project will pro­vide pro­tec­tion from the spread of weeds and pests and pro­tect the nat­u­ral flora and fauna within the re­serve.

The com­pleted walk­ing track will pro­vide tourists and com­mu­nity mem­bers across all age groups and from var­i­ous sec­tors in­clud­ing bird en­thu­si­asts, fit­ness groups, campers, young fam­i­lies, teens and young adults, as well as se­niors and pet own­ers with di­rect ac­cess from Mul­wala en­cour­ag­ing ac­tive in­volve­ment and greater aware­ness of its cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil is seek­ing grant fund­ing for a walk­ing/cy­cling track from Corowa to Mul­wala - to the Kyffins Re­serve en­trance Mul­wala-side - in ad­di­tion to ex­ter­nal fund­ing for ma­jor fore­shore up­grades at Mul­wala and Corowa.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Lo­cal Ref­er­ence Group mem­ber Daryl Davey of Mul­wala is look­ing for­ward to the Kyffins Re­serve project.

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