AN internationally recognised wetland on the Gold Coast has received a $700,000 refurbishment.
Visitors to the Gold Coast’s largest mainland coastal conservation reserve, Coombabah Lakelands, can now enjoy a new boardwalk and recreational trail.
Located off Myola Court at Coombabah, the new 300m long boardwalk adjoins the Coombabah Creek tributary, and was built with both the environment and ongoing costs in mind.It uses new eco-smart materials to give it a lifespan of more than 50 years and is more than three times longer than the boardwalk it replaced. It was also carefully constructed to minimise impacts on the marine environment.
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Councillor Cameron Caldwell said the new boardwalk is a worthwhile investment by the City on behalf of both residents and visitors.
“Coombabah is one of our natural treasures. It provides refuge for a huge diversity of fauna and flora no longer common in our urban areas, so the new boardwalk is a great way for everyone to get up close to nature and appreciate our natural assets,” he said.
“This is a great result for the visitors to the lakelands, but by investing in new materials and using environmentally-sensitive construction techniques, we’re making significant savings for ratepayers and have ensured a minimal impact on the natural environment and on wildlife.”
The 833ha conservation area is home to 274 species of animals, including seven species listed as vulnerable or near threatened, including the koala, powerful owl and grey-headed flying fox, along with 24 internationally protected migratory bird species.
The lakelands also contain eastern-grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies (including the golden colour morph of the swamp wallaby), bandicoots and 16 different frog species.