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The Urunga Wetlands are a serene and beautiful place of recreation for the community. Once the dumping site for an antimony processing plant, the toxic wasteland has begun to recover and is welcoming the return of natural vegetation and wildlife. To this end, visitors are asked to remain on the pathways so as to not disturb the fragile environment.
The area opened to the public in May 2017 after 16 months of work and over $10 million of funds to see the containment and removal of 36,400 tonnes of contaminated waste, including 224 tonnes of antimony, arsenic, lead and mercury.
A paved circular 600 metre walkway surrounds the grassy mound that covers the containment cell and includes a 150 metre recycled plastic boardwalk that sweeps out over the recovering wetland. The recycled plastic waste used for the boards is equivalent to nearly 2.5 million plastic bags not being put into landfill. The wide walkway is suitable for prams, wheelchairs and dogs on a lead and is a great place for birdwatching and nature photography.
There are no public facilities on site other than a car park, information boards and some seats and the water is not suitable for fishing, swimming or boating. Nevertheless it is a lovely place to visit, even in drizzly weather and is educational regarding the protection of fragile environments, such as that of the swamp paperbark.