Our name is the 'Friends of the Toongabbie Wetlands Inc.
The Committee was formed in 2002 out of concern for the presentation of the entry to the town of Toongabbie, which after the railway line was closed and removed twenty-four years ago, left us with the legacy of a large area of unused land in the middle of the town which had become environmentally degraded.
· Is to see the amenity of this area improved in an environmentally friendly way.
· To provide visitors to the site with the opportunity to appreciate the natural and historic features in an amenable and pleasant setting, and be provided with suitable facilities to enhance their experience.
link to concept sketch plan
The site has been dramatically cleaned up with West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority removing the willows from along the creek and lots of working bees over the years.
· The original pond has been deepened and smaller ponds added. Many trees have been planted, the grass is mown and noxious weeds are sprayed on a regular basis
· A car park to provide parking for up to 30 cars has been established.
· A shelter has been established which will eventually provide detailed interpretive signage as a means of conveying information of a historical nature with regard to the original Toongabbie railway.
· We have created pathways and installed seating in an endeavour to create not only an aesthetically attractive area but also to encourage the use of the area for recreational and educational purposes.
The Wetlands is situated on the rail trail which crosses over Toongabbie creek, main road and in close proximity to the Rail Trail Inn.
Toilets are located on the Village Green
Recently children from the local Toongabbie School undertook the Bug Blitz program during which they researched water quality and did a census of bugs from the Wetlands ponds.
The Committee has been incorporated through the V.F.F./Landcare organisation
· Our next project will be to construct a footpath from an existing pathway along the edge of the northern wetland to the car park.
· Future projects will include a boardwalk, bird hide and sampling platform.
link to future plan
click here for other environmental landcare interests for our area: Cowwarr landcare
The Committee meets:
· 7.30p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Mechanics Institute Hall. We would welcome new members with open arms.
If interested contact:
· Barb Fulton (Secretary) on 51924718
· Philip O’Malley (President) on 5148946