Monday, October 23, 2017

Community feedback sought

Editor February 22, 2012
PROPOSED PLANS… From left, RiverConnect Council Community Project Officer, Bonny Schnorrenberg, Kiwanis Club Past President, James Douglass, Mooroopna Rotary Club Member, Fred Mandersloot, Mooroopna Steering Committee Member, Dennis Patterson and Conservation Birdlife Australia Officer for Murray Goulburn, Don Roberts. Photo: Alicia Zeqir.

PROPOSED PLANS… From left, RiverConnect Council Community Project Officer, Bonny Schnorrenberg, Kiwanis Club Past President, James Douglass, Mooroopna Rotary Club Member, Fred Mandersloot, Mooroopna Steering Committee Member, Dennis Patterson and Conservation Birdlife Australia Officer for Murray Goulburn, Don Roberts. Photo: Alicia Zeqir.

AS a part of the Mooroopna Community Plan released in May 2010, proposed plans to create a more accessible and interactive shared walking path through Gemmills Wetlands between Mooroopna and Shepparton were given a helping hand recently.
Greater Shepparton City Council granted the Gemmills Wetlands Working Committee funds to advance the planning process. Preliminary plans are now completed and ready for community feedback.
Gemmills Wetlands Working Committee Vice President, Dennis Patterson said, “We are really looking for community feedback so that we can move forward and formalise plans for commencement of the project.”
Gemmill’s Swamp is a wildlife reserve of 170 hectares of Redgum floodplain forest and tall spike grass wetlands situated between Shepparton and Mooroopna. The swamp provides a unique and diverse habitat for wildlife including pelicans, ibis, swans, egrets and ducks. The proposed improvements include two pathways, connecting the natural areas with bike paths and walkways, including interactive boardwalks which will help to educate visitors about the local wildlife and aboriginal history in the area, increased tree planting and increased placement of seating.
On Thursday, February 23 at 6.30pm right beside the substation at Gemmills Swamp, the Gemmills Wetlands Working Committee will host a free BBQ and information session providing a direct opportunity for community feedback.
After feedback is collated and finalized, Greater Shepparton City Council will employ a consultant to formalize plans. The project is expected to take two years to be completed.
For more information, phone Dennis Patterson on 5825 2046.