Parklands Albury Wodonga (Parklands) is focused on providing opportunities for people to access and experience the extraordinary range of "bush parks" in and around Albury-Wodonga. We undertake the conservation of these areas from a ecological perspective, whilst allowing sympathetic recreational access.
As of January 2006, our regional parklands embrace in excess of 4000 ha. of land along the riverine environment of the Murray and Kiewa Rivers; tributary creek valleys; sections of the Lake Hume foreshore; the High Country Rail Trail;and hills and ranges in and around Albury-Wodonga.
We are a cross-border, community-based, not for profit organisation, undertaking conservation, recreation, cultural heritage and tourism projects for the benefit of our regional community.
The primary focus of the Board and staff is to facilitate the involvement of local community in each project. By so doing, we aim to ensure that the community accepts ownership and responsibility for the long-term viability and enhancement of all its regional parklands.
The Parklands Board consists of 8 directors, representing key stakeholders and the general community. The Board's role is to undertake strategic regional parkland planning, develop policy and to monitor the development of programs on behalf of the community.
The staff implement the strategic direction as set by the Board through the implementation of approved programs, projects and activities.
Our regional parklands offer a vast variety of locations and experiences varying from the closed forests and rare plants of McFarlanes Hill (Hunchback Hill) near Wodonga, through to the open woodland and flourishing bird life at Eight Mile Creek, Thurgoona. To the east on the foreshores of Lake Hume, Parklands is contributing to the restoration and development of the nationally significant Bonegilla Migrant Experience at Block 19, Bonegilla.
We have been appointed as the committee of management (COM) for the Wodonga to Old Tallangatta section of the High Country Rail Trail. We are also keen to see the development of the High Country Rail Trail through to Cudgewa.
Rare fauna and flora species can be found throughout the diverse range of ecosystems found within the parklands and these include:
It can sometimes be difficult for people to understand exactly what we are trying to manage, develop and maintain. We are not about creating botanical gardens, nor do we manage manicured urban parks like Sumsion Gardens and Norieul Park. We are responsible for the management of "bush parks" and reserves and for the restoration of significantly degraded environments on the hills, streams and flood-plains surrounding the cities.
In so doing, we attempt to provide optimal conditions for native flora and fauna thereby improving the quality of life for all species - including humans. In essence, Parklands is about ensuring that the local community has areas of open space which have been set aside, in perpetuity, for recreation, preservation, and conservation.
Our regional parklands have already become a standout community resource, that will offer unsurpassed recreational opportunities and quality of life experiences for the people of the Albury Wodonga region and beyond.
It is essential that the people of the Albury Wodonga community value these regional parklands and indeed own them as they own their backyards. We believe that there is only one way to feel such ownership, and that is to become involved. We look forward to you enjoying your parklands and assisting with their development.