Take a walk on the river side

Published on 21 March 2017

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The team at MidCoast Council is pleased to announce that the construction of a 400 metre boardwalk, which takes you on a journey through an endangered Swamp Oak Forest to the picturesque Dawson River in Taree, is now complete.

The construction of the boardwalk is just one part of a much bigger project still underway, which involves the rehabilitation of 18 hectares of state protected coastal wetland, located between the Taree Recreation Centre and the Dawson River.

MidCoast Council’s Sustainability and Natural Assets Coordinator, Tanya Cross, is pleased with the result of the boardwalk, which was constructed with the help of a team funded through the Federal Government’s Work for the Dole program, managed by Nortec Staffing Solutions. “We’re really happy with the result, the team has done a fantastic job! It’s a great walking track and what’s even better, it’s been sensitively constructed to protect the environment and avoid the removal of any trees,” said Tanya.  

“The boardwalk will soon be complemented with a series of educational signs, so the community will get a better understanding of the important environmental values of this coastal wetland,” added Tanya.

For those wanting to check it out, it can be accessed via a 200 metre walk from the Bushland Drive entry to the Taree Recreation Centre alongside the cycle track.

This project has been made possible thanks to a successful grant of $52,103 back in 2015 from the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust, which Council matched dollar for dollar with funding from the Environmental Levy. The construction was undertaken by the Nortec Work for the Dole crew, involving 22 participants.