Restoration of Beardy Woodlands Reserve

The picturesque Beardy Waters Woodlands Reserve is being brought back to the jewel it once was with new work being carried out by council.After complaints from neighboursand severe destruction of a once-beautiful parkland, Glen Innes Severn Council is taking action to restore Beardy Waters Woodlands Reserve.

Located on the eastern outskirts of Glen Innes, Beardy Waters Bicentennial Woodlands Reserve has suffered the pressures of vandalism and unsavoury activities in recent times.

This has resulted in erosion, damage to plants, destruction of infrastructure, loss of amenity and disturbance to near neighbours due to wild parties and other activities.

Known for its reputation as one of the best and easy-to-accessgreat birdwatching placeson the adjacent Beardy Waters dam and weir, the woodlands reserve has long been an inviting place for day visitors and travellers since it was developed.

Platypus have been observed in the past basking on the river surface, and the area has a reputation for being one of the best birdwatching areas.

Bird species recorded at the site include painted and Japanese snipe, a variety of ducks, spoonbills and many others.

Picnic tables and toilet facilities have suffered under vandalism and council is now taking action to bring the reserve and facilities back to an appropriate state.

Council’s Manager of Recreation and Open Spaces, Graham Archibald said work has commenced on construction of a fence to limit vehicle access to the southern section of the Beardy Waters Woodlands Reserve.

“The fence will prevent vehicle access but will continue to allow for pedestrian access to all the walking tracks within the reserve area,” Mr Archibald said.

“The work is being undertaken to prevent on-going problems with the illegal dumping of rubbish, vandalism of trees and buildings, and vehicle damage to the area.

“There’s been a lot of unwelcome activity in the parkland resulting in damage and complaints from residents.

“The front section will still be accessible to vehicles, and maintained by the Glen Innes Correctional Centre work parties.

“But the back section will only be accessible to walkers after the completion of our new work,” he said.

Mr Archibald said the site is an important community asset.

The Reserve was once a jewel in Glen Innes’ crown, and used by the community and travellers, and as such Mr Archibald said, it needs to be preserved and protected accordingly.

For further information about the Beardy Woodlands vehicular access area, please contact Council’s Manager of Recreation and Open Spaces, Graham Archibald, on 6730 2364 or 0408 448 256.

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