The Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary redevelopment has been a terrific success, and the City has received a number of awards over it. Predominantly these are for the wetlands management, water management and general project delivery; not necessarily in creating a better bird sanctuary. Let’s do that by planting more trees; hundreds of them.
There is a huge amount of vacant land around the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary. Riverside Gardens needs to be left clear for the many events which the City hold there, but I am not sure why the land to the right of the Bird Sanctuary needs to also be left clear.
Community consultation with the visitors and nearby residents would obviously need to occur, but I personally would like to see the green portion in the map be transformed into a dense forest. Not only would it act as a lung for the City and provide habitat & food for the birds, but I also believe it would make a much more interesting journey for the walkers and park users. The general ratepayers would benefit as well from not having to pay for the lawn maintenance.
What are your thoughts?