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Open Day at Coningham Nature Recreation Area (NRA)


There was an enthusiastic response to the Friends of Coningham Nature Recreation Area's (FOCNRA) Open Day on October 7 with a fantastic turnout of about 80 people attending.

Coningham Nature Recreation Area is about 500 hectares of coastal grassland and forest overlooking North West Bay and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel about 25 km south of Hobart. The reserve is home to many species of threatened plants, especially many orchid species, and animals and provides a range of recreation opportunities.

The Parks and Wildlife Service is currently preparing a management statement for the reserve and is seeking feedback from the public. A background paper on reserve issues and an issues feedback form can be found here.

Southern Region volunteer facilitator, Craig Saunders said the event was a definite success.

"It went really well and was a nice balance between the efforts of Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) staff, the volunteers and achieving a good outcome," Craig said.

The Open Day was funded by grant money from the Australian Government Envirofund and the Australia Post Community Development Grant.

FOCNRA secretary Jean Taylor explained that the main aim of the day was to get the many neighbours living in the Coningham Area into the reserve to experience its natural values and see first-hand the recreation opportunities it provides.

As part of the day, the group was able to showcase its work in the reserve which has mainly focussed on control of environmental weeds, particularly Spanish heath (Erica lusitanica).