Residents will now be able to explore, bike or bird spot through the Archerfield Wetlands, with the Schrinner Council unveiling a new three kilometre discovery trail.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Wetlands Discovery Trail guided visitors through the former industrial history of the site, its natural environment and the various native birdlife.
“The three kilometre track, guided by a series of informative, interpretive signs, is now open and is part of our 150 hectare Archerfield Wetlands Parkland precinct project,” Cr Schrinner said.
“While bushwalking, birdwatching and off-road cycling along the track, visitors will be able to enjoy eucalypt forests, open grassland, freshwater wetlands, creeks and over 100 different bird species.
“This is an exciting milestone because, as a former industrial precinct and site for wastewater treatment and waste disposal, we’re giving Archerfield Wetlands back to nature and rehabilitating the area into an environmental asset and a recreational destination.”
“This trail is part of our plan to transform the 150-hectare Archerfield Wetlands into premier parkland.
“The next step is delivering the Archerfield Wetlands District Park, a $22 million project offering visitors a new place enjoy nature and find adventure along the Oxley Corridor, 12 kilometres south-west of the CBD.
“Once complete, the park will feature an adventure play space, water play area, a youth hub and basketball court, an event lawn, picnic and barbecue facilities and a catchment centre focused on the environmental rehabilitation of the Oxley Creek catchment.”
Construction of Archerfield Wetlands District Park is expected to commence later this year.
The Wetland Discovery Trail and the Archerfield Wetlands District Park are part of the Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan, which will restore and revitalise the 20-kilometre long the Oxley Creek corridor from the Brisbane River at Tennyson to Larapinta.
Council worked with Birds Queensland, Birdlife Southern Queensland, local artist Deb Mostert, Oxley Chelmer History Group, Richlands Inala History Group and Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Hugh Possingham to develop the discovery trail’s interpretive signage.
The discovery trail was delivered by Brisbane Sustainability Agency, in partnership with the Australian Government’s LRCI program.
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