Bird Trail Launch 25 November 2004
FRIDAY, December 10th will see the launch of the Noosa Bird Trail and the Fearnley Bird Hide, incorporating 32 sites across the Shire from National Parks (Noosa Heads and Great Sandy), Forest Reserves (Mt Cooroora, Yurol State Forest, Wooroi Day Use Area), sections of the Noosa Trail Network (Sheppersons Park and Twin Hill Views Lookout), local parks (Wallace Park, Cranks Creek Park and Heritage Park), private property (Johns Landing) and a new bird hide on the edge of Lake MacDonald at Jabiru Park.
Mayor Bob Abbot will officially open the Trail at 11.00 am at Jabiru Park at the end of Grange Road, Tinbeerwah. Jabiru Park is also the location of the new Fearnley Bird Hide on the edge of Lake Macdonald, named in memory of keen conservationist and bird lover Jim Fearnley, a Noosa Councillor from 1978 to 1981.
Jim and Cecily Fearnley were 1962 foundation members of the Noosa Parks Association. Mr Fearnley was the group's President from 1979 to 1987. Equally lauded for her contribution to conservation, Mrs Fearnley founded the NPA Bird Observers Group.
The Noosa Bird Trail and Bird Hide are joint projects of Noosa Council and the Noosa Parks Association Bird Observers Group, funded by the Department of State Development and constructed by participants of the Department of Employment and Training's Community Jobs Programme.
Members of the public are invited to attend the opening at Jabiru Park and to join in morning tea refreshments. Travelling from Tewantin towards Cooroy, Grange Road is on the right hand side of Noosa-Cooroy Road.
Photograph to the right: The new bird hide at Jabiru Park, on the edge of Lake Macdonald.
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