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KINRM received Caring for our Country funding from Cradle Coast NRM to coordinate improving this site to make it more accessible and user friendly, involving all stakeholders of the area. Community groups and organisations participating are: KI Council; KI Ports; KI Tourism Inc; Historical Society; Cultural Centre; The Men’s Shed; Lions Club; Field Naturalists; Phoenix House; KI District High School; Ballarat/Clarendon College; Owen Smith family; and community volunteers.
The area is a great example of King Island coastal bushland, including peaceful gullies and lookout spots. However, it is currently being overrun by weeds, and most of it is very difficult to access, thus very few people get to enjoy it to its full potential. This site of approximately 19 ha is located directly adjacent to the Main Street of Currie and contains some recreation tracks, seats and lookouts already established by King Island Council, making it an ideal site to access for community awareness activities in the future, as well as tourist walks. There is also quite a bit of history, to increase the attraction.
This project will continue with additional support from Cradle Coast NRM, until December 2013. We will be seeking further funding as well as support from the land managers KI Council and Tasports to continue this project into the future.
This was a small sister project to the Currie Wharf bush restoration project, where Council got involved in continuing the restoration work across the road on their land. A bush walk identifying natives and weeds and visiting an almost weed-free part of the site was an inspiration to those who attended. We also began clearing out weeds and forming a track into what we now call ‘White Gum Gully’ and plan to make this a place people can sit and enjoy in future.
King Island Council contributed excavation of a section of large boxthorn and coprosma, which we then prepared and planted in community field days.