Thornlands land rehabilitation creates wildlife corridor

CORRIDOR: Land at Thornlands is being rehabilitated to become part of the wildlife corridor.

CORRIDOR: Land at Thornlands is being rehabilitated to become part of the wildlife corridor.

REHABILITATION work has started on 3.2 hectares of land to extend a wildlife corridor adjacent to Clifford Perske Drive at Thornlands.

Council decided in 2016 to buy the land – which connects with Holden Street Wetlands and Pinklands Bushland Refuge – from a developer whose application to build had been refused in court.

Cr Paul Golle said weeds were being removed from the land and native trees would be planted.

“Our intention is to establish it as a wildlife corridor and an area where people can walk and cycle,” he said.

“Budget will determine the infrastructure but in the meantime council are removing weeds and planting eucalyptus trees.

“I would like to see walking tracks, park benches and barbecue areas so that people can use the land.”

Cr Golle said a house on the property had been removed.

“The dwelling was not fit for use and the structural integrity had been compromised by the house sinking and foundations cracking, so it was decided that it would cost more to fix than demolish.”

Cr Golle said he was pleased the land purchase enabled the Santagiuliana Parade Bushland Refuge to be extended.

“This completes the final piece of a puzzle joining a large area in and around houses with green space.”

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