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and Council construct
by Simon Roper
Caloundra City Council built a new boardwalk and a new partnership when they called on Maleny Apex Club to help complete a new section of boardwalk at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, last Sunday. Apex members used their day off to add the finishing touches to the boardwalk which Council staff have built over the past three weeks.
Caloundra City Mayor, Don Aldous, said the partnership was a great way for the community and Council to work together to achieve common visions.
‘The new 18 metre stretch of boardwalk allows safe and easy access to an area which gets very boggy after heavy rain,” Cr Aldous said. “This help from Apex members represents a continuation of the close ties of the Reserve and Council have with community organisations – ties we hope to strengthen through future projects.” Division 1 Councillor, Dick Newman, said the invaluable help from Apex allowed staff at the Reserve to finish the boardwalk a week before schedule.
“The new boardwalk is part of the move towards getting pedestrian traffic up off the sensitive rainforest floor, to reduce the negative impacts of soil compaction and pathogens such as a fungus which kills large rainforest trees by weakening them over time,” Cr Newman said. “The expense of materials makes boardwalk construction a gradual process, but one very worthwhile as the protection of the ecosystem is paramount.
“A big thankyou to James Kinsella, Apex President, and to all the Apex helpers on the day for your much appreciated assistance in finishing the kick rails and ramps on our new boardwalk. A big thankyou also to our staff at the Reserve"
Apex and Caloundra City worked together to complete
the section of boardwalk.
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