History of Federation Walk on the Spit
After receiving the Centenary of Federation Queensland grant of $75,000.00, the Gold Coast City Council assigned $75,000.00 to be allocated to our project and this was committed to Stage 1 of the construction of the Federation Walk pathway.
This is in addition to Council identifying funds of $15,000 for the construction of dune fencing, pedestrian walkways and vegetation maintenance / restoration. Arnold Wolthers was appointed to design the draft Federation Walk Master Plan, Gecko-Regen was appointed to design/manage and complete a Vegetation Management Plan both of which have been submitted for inclusion in Gold Coast City Council planning documents.
On Sunday 19th March 2000, over 100 people attended the Official Launch of Federation Walk, by Rob Borbidge MLA, Leader of the Opposition MP for Surfers Paradise with Mayor Cr Gary Baildon, cutting the ribbon to mark the start of the project. "The Fig Tree" in the Philip Park Car Park was planted to mark the occasion, which coincided with the first of our community planting days, students from The Southport School and other Gold Coast Schools prepared the site for planting.
The first stage of Federation Walk was officially opened on 21st January 2001, by the Hon Rod Welford MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage and Minister for Natural Resources, with over 5000 people attending. Over 100 children planted 100 trees.
In March 2001, 300 delegates from BP Solutions Australasia donated their afternoon to complete beach cleanups, weeding and plantings as part of their contribution while here for the BP Solutions Conference. A plaque will be placed to acknowledge their involvement. The Soroptimist International Club Gold Coast hosted a Fashion Parade that rose over $4,500 and as Sponsor of a Community Planting Day, a bench seat at the Federation Walk pathway entrance is a permanent testament to the Club
The Federation Walk Project was Highly Commended in the Community Organisation Category in the Heart Foundation Kellogg Local Government Awards. The Spit is the recipient of the Community Action Award for 2000 winning the Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland EPA Cleanest Beach on the Gold Coast for 2001. The Winner of the Gold Coast Beach Spirit Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2003 and Queensland Beach Spirit award in 2004 and 2005.
The Official Opening of the Federation Walk Pathway on 6th June 2002, the Mayor; Cr Gary Baildon unveiled the plaque on a large rock at "The Fig Tree". The pathway is a peaceful part of The Spit, traversing a unique area popular with locals and tourists alike, it is the only natural beachfront Public Open Space in this region. The Gold Coast City Council has dedicated the naming of this Reserve to FEDERATION WALK COASTAL RESERVE.
Work for the Dole has had five projects for six month blocks As well, Green Corps completed a six month project in 2004 with 11 young participants. In July 2003, The Minister for Natural Resources and Mines The Hon Stephen Robertson MP, ratified the gazettal of this area for Park, Environment, Beach Protection and Coastal Management purposes to protect this Reserve. In January 2004 the Minister dedicated a plaque for this objective, as well giving a cheque for $25,000 for rehabilitation works.
Devastating bushfires swept the southern end of Federation Walk in 2002 and again in October 2004 destroying much of our plantings that had been funded by two Envirofund grants totalling $25,000. In common with much of SE Queensland our site has been restricted by drought conditions. A water tank containing tertiary treated effluent water was installed on site by the Gold Coast City Council and, with a Community Benefit Gambling Fund grant, a recycled effluent water irrigation system was installed in June 2004.
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In 2007 the State Government committed $100,000.00 per year to the Federation Walk project. This amount was matched by the Gold Coast City Council who, with an added input of $30,000.00 from Divisional Councillor Cr Susie Douglas, will not only manage the funding but have employed a part time Ranger specific to the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve.
Watering of recent plantings is carried out each Saturday morning by volunteers. Community planting days take place on the last Sunday of each month, commencing from 7am.
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