Phillip Island,
01
May
2015
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06:38
Australia/Melbourne

Scenic Conservation Reserve Nears Completion

Bass Coast Shire Council is overseeing a range of works at Phillip Island’s Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve.

The reserve is being transformed to conserve natural bushland and develop recreational facilities.

These works are in accordance with the Scenic Estate Landscape Design Masterplan adopted by Council in June 2014.

Works undertaken over the past twelve months include:

  • Removal of tonnes rubbish and piles of asbestos

  • Revegetation of over 15,000 indigenous plants

  • Construction of a wetland and planting of 4,000 indigenous wetland plants

  • Installation of 1500 metres of walking tracks

  • Construction of 195 metres of boardwalk through the native grasslands

  • Construction of a viewing platform overlooking the Ramsar listed Western Port Bay and the Churchill Island Marine National Park

  • Construction of two picnic shelters and installation of tables

  • Installation of interpretive signage about the Ramsar Wetland

  • Construction of a car park and entrance connecting the reserve to the Phillip Island Tourist Road

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the new infrastructure will create an easily accessible, 28 hectare reserve of natural bushland overlooking a World Heritage Ramsar wetland.

“Much of the reserve has been transfomed from an area degraded by rubbish dumping and illegal use by four wheel drives and motorbikes,” Cr Brown said.

“It will soon be able to be enjoyed by many, including people out for a walk or having a picnic, and the site’s value as an important conservation reserve will be enhanced.”

The final building works are underway, and due to safety concerns the area is not currently open to the public.

All works in stage one, however, will be completed by July and the reserve will be open to the public, with an official opening to be held in spring this year.

Expression of interest will be sent out in August for the establishment of a ‘Friends of Scenic Estate’ group who will assist with planting, weeding and other works within the reserve.

This project is a joint parntnership betweeen Council, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Parks Victoria and the Victorian Government.

Funding was received through Regional Development Victoria totalling $300,000.