Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Nature walk a boost for Bunbury’s Big Swamp

    5/08/2008 12:00 AM

    A new boardwalk at Bunbury’s Big Swamp has brought nature lovers closer to the birds that call the wetland home.


    Opening the Big Swamp Nature Walk today, South-West Minister Mark McGowan said the recently completed 53m long path was already proving popular with locals and tourists.


    “We have received positive feedback about the boardwalk from people exploring this unique bird sanctuary, located close to the Bunbury city centre,” Mr McGowan said.


    “The Big Swamp Nature Walk gives people the opportunity to walk into the heart of the wetland and observe bird species such as the white-faced heron, dusky moorhen and purple swamphen in their natural habitat.


    “The viewing platform is an excellent place to take a closer look at the more than 60 species of native and migratory birds that can be spotted in the wetland.”


    Signage located at several locations along the boardwalk and at the viewing platform provides facts about wetland flora and fauna, setting the scene for an educational experience for walkers.


    The Minister said the nature walk was made possible through $125,000 in funding from the State Government and $43,782 from the City of Bunbury.


    South-West MLC Adele Farina said the popularity of Big Swamp was a reflection of the work done by the City of Bunbury and Friends of Big Swamp.


    “The nature walk was part of a commitment by the State Government to protect the city’s natural assets and promote initiatives that will enhance our understanding of their importance,” Ms Farina said.


    “By working together to conserve the wetland, we have helped to make the Big Swamp a place for all to enjoy now and into the future.”


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