“Chair, I rise to speak on item A and the Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve walking tracks upgrade. Specifically, the 1.5-kilometre island circuit track. These wetlands are an important part of Bracken Ridge and Deagon Wards and form the boundary of Brisbane City Council where it meets the Pine River. It’s also an important home for fauna and flora that continues to thrive and provide a large natural asset only 19 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD.

Councillor MARX might like to know that Tinchi Tamba is named after the Aboriginal words for ibis and mangroves. Having grown up on the edge of these wetlands, I am very familiar with its importance and appreciate the boardwalks and carefully planned tracks, that over the years have enabled us to cross the main roads and salt marshes and safely observe the shore birds while ensuring the protection of this ecosystem.

To look after this habitat, it is important that walkers stick to the tracks that have served us well over the years. I welcome this upgrade that will also ensure the safety of walkers. I understand that these works are reliant on working with the tides and the logistics of getting material on location can be tricky, especially with current weather conditions. So, the island circuit track will be closed during these works. However, walkers can still access the one-kilometre bird hide track.

Although it may take some time to complete this project. It will be well worth it in the end and continue to provide more to see and do in a clean and green Brisbane.”

9 March 2021