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Screw Creek Reserve Extended at Last

The Conservation Society has been involved in a long-drawn-out battle to place a    large area of bushland adjoining the Screw Creek estuary into a reserve.  Previously    zoned as Rural and grazed by beef cattle, it was proposed to be rezoned into one-acre    lots.  Objectors successfully argued that the new housing development should be limited    to the cleared part of the property.  

The new section more than doubles the size of the Screw Creek reserve and protects    the higher reaches of the estuary and a large area of natural bushland upstream to    the Bass Highway

In partnership with Parks Victoria, the South Gippsland Conservation Society have    been actively involved at Screw Creek for many years, replanting local indigenous    species and constructing tracks, boardwalks, fishing platforms, information shelters    and seating.  The reserve is visited by over 10,000 people each year and has won    many awards.

The Society now wishes to extend these values to the new section by careful placement    of access tracks, and by weed control and management of the natural bushland.

We have had weeding days and planning walks in the new section and have applied for    grants, one of which has been approved by Coastcare.  The township has spread and    subdivision is happening on both sides of the reserve with an expectation of greater    numbers of people using this beautiful area.  Therefore we are actively seeking funding    and support to begin the public access infrastructure needed, such as defined walking    tracks, boardwalks over wet areas, seating and viewing platforms.  Please contact    me if you would like to be involved in any way.

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