Tourism and recreation will be improved in Urunga wetlands following a $ 100,000 NSW government project to install picnic facilities and improve access for people with disabilities .
Improvements made by the Ministry of Planning, Industry and Environment – Crown Lands include:
- Installation of a 22-meter wooden access ramp with composite decking connected to the car park to accommodate people with disabilities;
- Construction of a 60-meter concrete path that joins the access ramp and leads to a new sheltered picnic hut;
- Two additional benches to allow visitors to stop, rest and enjoy the natural serenity of the wetlands and its aquatic avifauna.
Oxley MP Melinda Pavey said the transformation of wetlands was a great example of community, business and government working together to restore a valuable natural asset.
âThe Urunga Wetlands are a unique location on the north coast and one of the few freshwater wetlands on this part of the coastline. So it’s great that this project has also made it one of the most accessible to the public, âsaid Ms. Pavey.
“This means that people of all ages and physical mobility can access the wetlands and their viewing areas and also enjoy a relaxing picnic as part of their visit, thus stimulating opportunities for recreation and local tourism. “
The Urunga Wetlands have come a long way since opening in 2017 as a result of a $ 10 million rehabilitation project to deal with the impacts of antimony processing that previously occurred in the region.
Today, the Urunga Wetlands are a popular community park and tourist spot, which has been further enhanced by this latest improvement project.
The upgrading work aligns with the Crown Land State’s strategic plan, Crown Lands 2031, protecting sensitive environmental assets and encouraging tourism opportunities on Crown land.