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Rotary - Invercargill City Council Estuary Project Celebrati

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  • Sun 11 Jun ’17, 1:00pm – 2:00pm


Invercargill Estuary Walkway, 383 Bond St, Invercargill


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

An ambitious joint project between Rotary and Invercargill City Council to plant 22 hectares to restore the beauty of the New River Estuary is now complete.

Invercargill City Council Parks and the six Invercargill Rotary clubs have spent 12 years developing and planting out what used to be the Invercargill tip in hundreds of thousands of native plants.

The project began in 2005 to mark the centennial of Rotary International with a ceremony at the Stead Street entrance to the walkway, which goes around the estuary, across the landfill site’s causeway and returns via the eastern side of the lagoon. The first stage of the walkway was opened by the then Deputy Mayor Neil Boniface.

The five clubs - Invercargill North, Invercargill, Invercargill South, Invercargill East and Invercargill Sunrise – have helped with the planting of more than 250,000 natives around the estuary margins to revegetate the area. Another club - NRG Invercargill - was chartered in 2016 and has also been involved in work surrounding the project.

The trail is gravelled and has boardwalks and interpretative panels outlining the history of the estuary. Seating and shelters have been added.

The service clubs decided the walk and cycleway was a worthy project for the Rotary’s centennial year because a wide range of users will benefit, now and in the future.

The end of the project will be marked with the creation of shelters at the top of the hill. Members of the public are invited to join the opening at the Bond Street Car Park entrance at 1pm on Sunday 11 June, 2017, the year that the Rotary Foundation marked its centenary. For those who want to stick around, Lloyd Esler will be attending to chat about the bird life and have a look through his telescope!

"Rotary’s greatest strength will always be the individual Rotarian. No other organisation has such powerful human resources." - Glen Kinross, Rotarian

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