Visitors to the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary in Bagdad will have better access to the site thanks to two new pedestrian bridges, which were officially opened today.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler said the project would enable more people to safely access and enjoy the walking trails at the wildlife sanctuary.

“Two concrete foot bridges were constructed across the Brown’s Cave Rivulet thanks to funding provided through the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Programme,” Senator Chandler said.

“The new bridges will provide season-round access to recreational walkers, families and school groups who visit site, which was previously inaccessible after heavy rains.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $55,000 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Southern Midlands area.

“In addition to the bridges allowing for access to parts of the reserve that were previously not reachable after heavy rainfall, this investment will ensure that the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary is a tourist attraction all year round,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Southern Midlands Mayor Alex Green said the project has improved infrastructure quality and public safety for all users of the reserve.

“The Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary is a much loved destination for locals and visitors alike, and the new bridges will enhance the walking experience for users,” Mayor Green said.

“The Southern Midlands Council provided an in-kind contribution of $15,000 to get the project built, and walkers will continue to enjoy all that the reserve has to offer.”