Scenic Reserve Ready To Open
Bass Coast’s newest conservation reserve, Scenic Estate, will open to the public on Wednesday, 1 July 2015.
Over the last 12 months, Bass Coast Shire Council, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Parks Victoria and the State Government have worked to develop the site into an area for the preservation of wildlife, and the protection and improvement of a habitat for fauna.
The area is well known for its birdlife and provides habitat for six species of threatened birds and endangered grasslands and vegeatation.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the area has had a complete transformation from when it was previously used illegally by 4WDs and motorbikes, and for rubbish dumpings.
“The Reserve now includes 1,500 metres of walking tracks, 195 metres of boardwalk through native grasslands, wetlands planted with indigenous plants and a viewing platform overlooking the RAMSAR wetland and Churchill Island Marine National Park,” Cr Brown said.
“Visitors to the Reserve can also take advantage of two picnic shelters and seats, as well as a car park connecting the Reserve to the Phillip Island Tourist Road.”
Cr Brown said the Reserve provides a key link in moving towards the future vision of Phillip Island being a connected series of environment based experiences.
“Scenic Estate is sited along the Phillip Island Tourist Road, and is easily accessed by car or bike via the shared pathway across the Island from Newhaven to Cowes,” Cr Brown said.
“This in turn links the site with the nearby attractions of Churchill Island, Forrest Caves and the Koala Conservation Reserve, integrating a range of ecotourism experiences.”
Council is also looking for expressions of interest for interested volunteers to join a ‘Friends of Group’.
This group will assist in the development of an annual on-ground works plan including re-vegetation, seed collection and weed control.
If you’d like to be involved in this group, please contact Council’s Environment Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.