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New lease on life for Fay Smith Wetlands boardwalk

7 August, 2018

Nature lovers rejoice! The Fay Smith Wetlands boardwalk has re-opened following the completion of Fraser Coast Regional Council’s $132,000 rebuild project. 

Division 3 Councillor Paul Truscott said public access to the boardwalk closed in December for extensive restoration work.

“There had been ongoing maintenance issues with the boardwalk and last year an engineering report showed it was not structurally sound enough to be used by the public,” Cr Truscott said.

“Re-construction began in February in very trying conditions as surface water was present during the entire demolition and the installation of the new footings.

“The new boardwalk follows the same footprint as the original with the addition of a nine-square metre deck suitable for temporary viewing hides.”

Fay Smith Wetlands is one of the last remaining wetlands in the Maryborough area. The boardwalk and walking tracks allow visitors to enjoy the abundant variety of wildlife. 

The area is named after Fay Smith, who along with her husband Ted, was a Maryborough nature lover and photographer.

“Fay Smith was a passionate conservationist and local birdwatcher and this wetlands reserve is a fitting tribute to her memory,” Cr Truscott said. 

“The area is almost hidden in plain sight being in the middle of suburbs and next to a hockey field but when you are there it can feel like you are out on a bush walk and enjoying nature. 

“Now we just need a bit more rain to really bring it to life in there.”

The replacement of the boardwalk was approved in Council’s 2017/2018 Capital Works Budget. Cr Truscott also contributed $10,000 from his Discretionary Funds.