Construction starts on new Mulligans Flat learning centre

17 Jun, 2019

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Construction has started on a new state-of-the-art learning centre at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary in Throsby that will be the national gateway to our unique woodlands.

The learning centre will showcase the innovative conservation and restoration work at the site and provide a hub for eco-tourism, research, community engagement and education.

It will tell stories about our iconic and endangered Australian landscapes and native species such as bettongs and quolls, as well as threatened Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands.

We are working to preserve our Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands and to better understand and restore this landscape.The ACT retains some of the largest box gum grassy woodland communities in Australia within the Mulligans Flat and Goorooyarroo Reserves.

The building will be a focal point for land managers and scientists across multiple organisations nationally to work together to learn about and restore local woodlands and inspire similar projects throughout Australia.

The project is expected to deliver 36 jobs during the construction period with expected flow-on employment benefits of another 120 jobs. Following construction, an addition 12 positions will also be created to manage the centre’s ongoing operations and visitor experiences.

The learning centre will provide:

  • educational and artistic exhibitions and events to tell stories connected to the Sanctuary
  • self-guided tours through the Sanctuary
  • guided programs to introduce people to the Sanctuary’s animals and plant life
  • programs for school groups
  • opportunities to meet friends and socialise at a café and multi-use community spaces
  • support for community groups involved in conservation and restoration work at the Sanctuary.The ACT Government has matched the $1.6 million in funding pledged by the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust and Odonata.

The learning centre is expected to be open by the end of 2020. For more information, visit mulligansflat.org.au.

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