The Gelorup Nature Trail was officially opened on Tuesday, September 19, with community members, Shire staff and members of Parliament in attendance.
Capel Shire President Murray Scott said the trail was developed by the Trails Management Group in late 2015, with the aim to provide an experience that allows locals and tourists to enjoy and value the unique environment.
“Projects like this walk trail, don’t just build themselves. Our great thanks go to the people who contributed their knowledge and creativity to many aspects of the project,” Mr Scott said.
Engineering Environmental Officer Rae McPherson said the track was situated on the north side of the Five Mile Brook, from Sheoak Park on Bussell Hwy to the Community Centre on Hasties Road.
“The Gelorup Nature Trail is a safe way for families to walk between Sheoak Park and the Gelorup Community centre and skate park, without having to cross a road,” Ms McPherson said.
“This Reserve contains remnant bushland, which has an array of wildflowers including native orchids, as well as roosting and foraging places for the endangered Black cockatoos and birds of prey.
“Children now have easier access to this natural native playground where they can explore the creek and the wild bushland spaces along the Trail.”
She said people interested in bird watching are in for a treat, as the populations of many different bird species move in and out as the seasons change, from winter wetlands with a fast-flowing creek, to a dry shady creek bed.
Ducks, cranes and spoonbills make way for magpies, eagles and willy wagtails as the season warms up, she said.