The official opening of a $1.3 million upgrade to Bayview Conservation Area at Redland Bay was marked on Saturday 28 April with crowds gathering to enjoy free activities, view displays and explore new trails.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying the world-class facility.
“Today’s opening had it all, with horse riders, walkers, mountain bike riders and families coming together to celebrate the transformation of a previously empty field into an outstanding regional recreational asset,” Cr Williams said.
“Ranger Stacie from Totally Wild joined the fun, and was a favourite with the kids – as was the opportunity to get up close to some of our native animals at a wildlife display.
“As our largest mainland conservation area in Redland City, Bayview already had a great reputation for its natural beauty and extensive trail network.
“These new facilities will cement its place as a tourism and event destination, bringing significant economic and social outcomes.
“We are also investing in environmental outcomes, enhancing Bayview’s wonderful biodiversity with 25,000 plants going into the reserve as part of Council’s One Million Native Plants Project.”
Division 6 Councillor, Julie Talty said the new day use area offered a large covered barbecue area, signage, picnic tables and seating, a bike wash-down area, horse and bike stations, toilets, and access to power and water.
“Today’s opening is a great example of the type of community-friendly events Bayview can now cater for,” Cr Talty said.
“These upgrades give people easy access to the great outdoors, while ensuring facilities are available to support its varied usage and protect the area’s environmental values.”
“I urge people to come and enjoy all this area has to offer – with stunning native vegetation, a brand-new mountain-bike skills area and almost 60km of trails, including many multi-use trails for horse riders, walkers and bike riders– it is a wonderful community space.”