A fenced ecologically-restored enclosure that is free of introduced predators and pests, for the reintroduction and conservation of native species that have been lost from the locality. Mix of wetland and lowland habitats encompassing Travis Wetland and the west Burwood residential red zone, 150ha area, 8km fence.
Read the concept plan brochure here.
- Predator-proof fencing – 1.9m high, fine mesh with ground level skirt to prevent borrowing under and steel cap that prevents cats and possums from climbing over the top. Approx $200k per kilometre.
- Fence maintenance is critical and could equate to 5% of the capital cost per annum.
- Any road passing through the sanctuary will need to have a wildlife bridge over it.
- The enclosure needs to include an appropriate area of sufficient height to provide refuge from flooding (potentially constructed from clean rubble and lake excavate).
- Access to the sanctuary would be via sets of double gates and free to public.
- An Education Centre should be part of the complex.
- Charges may apply for some services / special access areas – discounts could apply to locals.