GPC to provide for worthy project
The Gidarjil Development Corporation is a step closer to seeing stage two of the Mangrove Boardwalk progress thanks to Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) support of the project.
Stage two of the Wallace Creek nature trail at Burnett Heads will soon step up a gear, with Gidarjil Development Corporation receiving the extra funds for the trail to progress.
Port of Bundaberg Manager Jason Pascoe said GPC was pleased to see the project progressing and was proud to continue the ongoing partnership with the Gidarjil Development Corporation.
“We were more than happy to contribute the extra $6,500 to ensure stage two of the project reached completion,” Mr Pascoe said.
“We have a strong focus on supporting our local Indigenous communities and as part of the development, local members will be involved in building the boardwalk.
“GPC are proud to support the project alongside the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) and the Bundaberg Regional Council.”
Gidarjil Development Corporation Ltd CEO Dr Kerry Blackman said that work with GPC on the Wallace Creek walkway continues with all EMP requirements being met, with progress and monitoring related to the tides.
“The new materials have been ordered and payment made for the second half of the walkway through Wallace creek wetlands,” Dr Blackman said.
“This will allow progress to continue on this valuable ecological tourist walk.
“Since before European settlement, just over 200 years ago, Aboriginal people of the Bundaberg region have long held
cultural and traditional responsibilities to protect and manage their land and sea country.
“Many natural resource products were gathered and were used in a sustainable way for more than 40,000 years.
“The Port of Bundaberg and Burnett Heads has always been an important place of cultural practice, with significant cultural heritage sites abound such as shell middens, a fish trap, stone artefacts and a burial site found in area.
“Gidarjil values the long term partnership with BMRG well into the future, as their support is invaluable.”
The boardwalk will be constructed of a long-lasting, durable recycled plastic product, suitable for wetland environments which does not corrode, even when submerged.
When fully completed, the nature trail will include educational signage highlighting the ecosystem value of the wetlands, native flora and fauna identification, and Aboriginal uses of flora and fauna.
A further two boardwalks (33 metres and 122 metres) will be constructed to complete the two-kilometre nature trail, as well as an observation tower, a car park, interpretive signage, and a possible suspension bridge over Wallace Creek.
GPC remains resolute in its support of our local communities and welcomes the next stage of development and the educational and recreational benefits it will provide to the region.