Sapphire unveils its newest gem and it’s not a stone. The Sapphire Gemfields Wetlands Reserve will celebrate its official opening on Thursday 26 April 2018 and everyone is invited to attend to learn about this special nature reserve’s flora and fauna.
Central Highlands’ Councillor Megan Daniels said the project is a success for the Sapphire Gemfields and the Central Highlands region.
‘Through the advocacy of the local people and the council, we were able to secure funding from the Australian Government to protect and develop this natural asset on the doorstep of Sapphire,’ she said.
‘The reserve’s close proximity to Sapphire makes it an ideal recreational space for local people and it shows tourists a new side of the Sapphire Gemfields.
‘I encourage people to bring their families out; people can walk or cycle through the reserve and even bring their dogs as long as they remain on a leash,’ Cr Daniels said
‘You can spend anywhere from an hour to half a day to explore.’
The reserve consists of 98 hectares of bushland, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and is a bird watcher’s paradise. Fourteen hectares of the reserve are seasonal wetland, which is home to the endemic fairy and clam shrimp.
The official opening and ribbon cutting by the Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd is on Thursday 26 April 2018 at 1:50 pm.
Location: Sapphire Gemfields Wetland Reserve, Rockhound Road, Sapphire.
Directions: the reserve’s carpark is located approx. 600 metres along Rockhound Road on the left hand side. Please park in the car park and enter through the decorative gate. Follow the signs for approximately 500 metres to the viewing platform.