Australia. Tyto Wetlands rehabitation project at Ingham about to begin

Monday, 26 May 2008

Tourists and locals alike will soon be able to tread more lightly on the rehabilitated Tyto Wetlands area thanks to a Queensland Government funded re-creation of the Tyto Wetlands at Ingham, Premier Anna Bligh said today.

The Queensland Government has committed $4 million to the $8 million Stage 2 of the Our Town our Future - Ingham Cultural Complex or Tyto Precinct - through Queensland's 150th Celebrations' Legacy Infrastructure Program.

"It's great to see this project has the potential to lighten the load on sensitive wetland areas like the rehabilitated Tyto Wetlands as well as giving visitors who don't have the time to go to the Wetlands, an insight into their habitat. Since rehabilitation eight years ago, the Tyto Wetlands have become a magnet for birdlife as well as birdwatchers from around the world, and we are keen to see that continue.

"With Queensland preparing to celebrate next year's 150th anniversary of independence from New South Wales this is an opportunity to take stock, acknowledge and celebrate our past. Importantly, it's also a time for us to think about how we want to shape the future for our children and our children's children.

"The Tyto Precinct project is a smart, user friendly way to preserve the Wetlands and at the same time enable people to enjoy their natural beauty now and in years to come."

Stage 2 includes a parkland and lagoon recreation, an elevated walkway connecting a small café restaurant, two business incubation outlets and a community building to the recently completed Tyto Wetlands Information Centre - which was part of Stage 1.

The community building will creatively reflect past cultural and agricultural history and will be used for meetings, small workshops and seminars.

The parkland and lagoon area will be completed in December 2008 while the building work for the walkway and commercial outlets is due to be completed in June 2009.

The Tyto Precinct is named after the Tyto owl which lives in the rehabilitated Wetlands area.

LIP is a $100 million capital works funding program initiated by the Queensland Government to assist local councils throughout the State create long lasting legacies of the 150th Celebrations.

Architectural plans of the project can be viewed at the Hinchinbrook Shire Hall, Ingham.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 May 2008 )