Urunga Wetlands returned to the community
Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole and Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey have officially opened the remediated Urunga Wetlands.
Mr Toole said the site has been transformed thanks to the NSW Government’s $10 million remediation and parkland work.
“In the early 1970s a significant quantity of waste flowed into the Wetlands, impacting water quality and large areas of paperbark forest.
Mr Toole said a comprehensive remediation plan by the Soil Conservation Service in the Department of Industry – Lands & Forestry has transformed the site.
“What was once a degraded area is now a beautiful parkland for the community to enjoy,” Mr Toole said.
“The remediation work has seen around 36,400 tonnes of soil and sediment treated and isolated. Water quality has also improved significantly, both on the foreshore of the Wetlands and downstream.”
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the Urunga Wetlands is now a great destination for locals and visitors to the region.
“The site now has a 150 metre boardwalk allowing people to walk over the wetlands and a 450 metre walking track surrounding the park,” Ms Pavey said.
“The project has also provided a boost for the local economy, employing 150 people and calling on the services of around 250 local businesses over the last 18 months.”
The project was funded by the NSW Department of Industry – Lands ($7 million), the Division of Resources and Energy, Derelict Mines Program ($2.3 million) and the NSW Environmental Trust ($700,000).
Caption: Some of the contractors, residents and agency staff involved with the Urunga Wetland project with Ministers Toole and Pavey at the official opening.