Restoring 2.3kms of walking track leading to, and 400 metres of fencing in, popular Kyffins Reserve on the outskirts of Mulwala is the second of the two major projects for Mulwala.
Federation Council included the $197,087 Kyffins Reserve project in its list of projects via council’s Stronger Communities Major Projects Fund as announced on May 16.
“This is another good step linking the town to Kyffins Reserve, encouraging what we already have there which is a wonderful reserve,” council Local Reference Committee member Daryl Davey of Mulwala told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“It’s a hidden treasure. Not a lot of people make the effort to see the flora and fauna, or walk or run - exercise - at Kyffins. One again, it’s promoting health and well-being for people.”
Kyffins Reserve is 55 hectares in size with approximately 1.2 kilometres of lake frontage and is managed by Federation Council (formerly by Corowa Shire Council) on behalf of the NSW Department of Crown Lands since 1975.
The reserve is a much sought after area for camping, fishing, walking, and other outdoor activities. A tornado in March 2013 stripped many of the tree canopies within the reserve. As a result the area is now exposed to weed infestation, land degradation and soil pollution from extreme weather events and indiscriminant human activities.
The impacts are evident in the proliferation of exotic grasses which increase the fire risk to campers and the woodlands itself. Long term exposure will significantly impact on the area’s natural ecosystem and native plants.
Collaboration between the former Corowa Shire Council, Murray Local Land Services, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, and the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation identified the existence of Aboriginal objects that are now exposed, requiring Federation Council action following consideration of feedback from community.
The project will provide protection from the spread of weeds and pests and protect the natural flora and fauna within the reserve.
The completed walking track will provide tourists and community members across all age groups and from various sectors including bird enthusiasts, fitness groups, campers, young families, teens and young adults, as well as seniors and pet owners with direct access from Mulwala encouraging active involvement and greater awareness of its cultural significance.
Federation Council is seeking grant funding for a walking/cycling track from Corowa to Mulwala - to the Kyffins Reserve entrance Mulwala-side - in addition to external funding for major foreshore upgrades at Mulwala and Corowa.