Friends of Tamar Island Wetlands Reserve – winners in the Great Regional City Challenge
Friends of Tamar Island Wetlands Reserve (FoTIWR) were recently successful in receiving funding through the Great Regional City Challenge for a project to renovate the Cormiston Creek track.
The Great Regional City Challenge asks the region (Greater Launceston, Tamar and Meander Valleys) to submit projects and then vote for those that will best help the region be creative, innovative, liveable, diverse and better connected. The project submitted by FoTIWR was one of 14 selected for funding.
President Ann Hamilton said:
“During 2022 we are working with Parks and Wildlife Service to build up and drain the Cormiston Creek track that runs from Riverside to the Wetlands car park so that it will be more useable for pedestrians and cyclists. We are looking forward to working with the rangers on that and other projects to take care of these precious wetlands.
The group held a working bee to celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2nd February. Under the guidance of Ranger Jason and Kelly we walked out to the island and tackled some of the blackberries that are growing among the Phragmites and the Blackwoods. There are plenty more weeds to tackle and so we will hold another working bee in a few months’ time.”
Cormiston Creek track is part of Tamar Wetlands Reserve – a flat, easy walk of just under 1 km. It is muddy, wet and under-used because walking or riding is messy and causes damage.
It is screened by reeds from West Tamar Highway and is one of Launceston’s pieces of magic. Renovation of the track by drainage work, gravel or duck-boarding will allow walking or bike-riding from Riverside to the Wetlands Centre and boardwalk.