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25 Sep

Accelerating ecotourism opportunities in Canberra

Mulligans Flat is the most accessible wildlife sanctuary in Australia. The Woodlands and Wetlands Trust is today welcoming the Chief Minister’s commitment in supporting ecotourism development in the Canberra region. Also with our partners ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary we have today announced our first staff exchange to help accelerate ecotourism growth.

 

During October, the Trust is sending their Communications Officer to Wellington to work with the ZEALANDIA team. Together, they will be focusing on the development of cross-promotion programs related to ecotourism and public engagement with biodiversity conservation.

 

Elsie Percival, Communications Officer with the Trust said:

 

  • “I am really excited by the opportunity to work with the Zealandia team. They receive more than 120,000 visitors annually, and are helping us to learn from their success’.
  • We think that people who visit Zealandia will love coming to Mulligans Flat and Jerrabomberra Wetlands and the direct flights make that an easy cross-promotion opportunity.
  • On Friday night we welcomed our first Belgian tourists on a fully booked Twilight Tour, and we are now doubling the frequency of tours that we are running to meet with the demand”.

 

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is already expanding quickly in visitation and recognition, and support for visitor facilities will enhance the experiences while protecting natural values. The prospect of developing new infrastructure at the Sanctuary, such as a visitors centre and nocturnal house, will help in diversifying the Gungahlin economy, creating jobs closer to home for local residents, and ensuring the natural values of the Sanctuary are protected.

 

Evening tours are a unique opportunity to encourage Canberra tourists to lengthen their stay, which is also a plus for local accommodation and dining venues. Expanding the ecotourism opportunities in Canberra is will help lift the profile of our biodiversity conservation initiatives and contribute to local businesses.

 

– JC

 

 

Media contact Woodlands and Wetlands Trust: Jason Cummings, gm@woodlandsandwetlands.org.au, 0428 460 004

ZEALANDIA media contact: Cameron Hayes, Cameron.Hayes@visitzealandia.com, +64 4 922 1137

 

The visitors centre at ZEALANDIA, Wellington, inspires visions for a similar centre at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary in Canberra. Photograph by Paul Mcredie.

The visitors centre at ZEALANDIA, Wellington, inspires visions for a similar centre at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary in Canberra. Photograph by Paul Mcredie.

 

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ZEALANDIA’s close proximity to the centre of town makes it uniquely accessible for international and national visitors. Photograph by Rob Suited.

ZEALANDIA’s close proximity to the centre of town makes it uniquely accessible for international and national visitors. Photograph by Rob Suited.

 

The Eastern Bettong, is just one of the reintroduced threatened species at Mulligans Flat. Before being reintroduced in 2012, it had not been seen on mainland Australia for over one hundred years. Photograph by Adam McGrath.

The Eastern Bettong, is just one of the reintroduced threatened species at Mulligans Flat. Before being reintroduced in 2012, it had not been seen on mainland Australia for over one hundred years. Photograph by Adam McGrath.

 

The unique experience of engaging with endangered Australian wildlife and biodiversity conservation at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary on a twilight tour.

The unique experience of engaging with endangered Australian wildlife and biodiversity conservation at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary on a twilight tour.