The Gold Coast’s newest nature trail is now open to the public, adding to the city’s 714 kilometres of trails.
Mayor Tom Tate today opened a 120m long boardwalk within the Schuster Park Natural Area, which forms part of a longer nature trail experience in Tallebudgera.
“This boardwalk is along the park’s peninsula trail and offers excellent opportunities for nature observation and bushwalking,’’ he said.
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The $181,500 boardwalk was built using long-life, composite fibre technology to withstand the tidal environment and protects sensitive marine vegetation.
“Our Natural City Strategy sets a target that 51 percent of the city’s land area will be covered by native vegetation by 2020,’’ he said.
“To see this boardwalk link other nature-based sections of Tallebudgera reinforces why we need to continue to invest in our green space. It is a truly magical part of the coast.’’
The Mayor also inspected an innovative program that creates artificial tree hollows to help wildlife flourish and shelter in our parks.
Park officers core-drill or cut hollows in hardwood trees to allow wildlife to take up residence. The trees are chosen based on form, size and location.
“This is about promoting biodiversity by managing tree hollows and promoting wildlife habitat throughout our City, as an alternative to tree removal, where possible,’’ Mayor Tate said.
The program creates new homes for rainbow lorikeets, galahs, cockatoos, corellas, sugar gliders, possums, micro-bats and more than 300 species of fauna.
To date, around 350 tree hollows (in 71 trees) have been created city-wide with 70 percent of the hollows taken up by new ‘‘residents’’.
For more information on the artificial tree hollow program, visit: habi-tec.com/