Nyagany, Liep (front), Nyachristmas and Tesloach Kuach from Leichhardt enjoying a dry day in Queens Park.
Nyagany, Liep (front), Nyachristmas and Tesloach Kuach from Leichhardt enjoying a dry day in Queens Park. Sarah Harvey

Making most of sunshine

FOR those who forgot what it looked like after weeks of dreary rain, that big yellow orb in the sky over Ipswich yesterday was the sun.

It’s been a while since the sun has made an appearance without rain clouds blocking its path, so plenty of Ipswich residents headed outdoors to take advantage of the conditions.

Queens Park was a popular choice for families, with plenty checking out the Ipswich Nature Centre, playing in the parks or walking through Nerima Gardens.

With only days to go until 2011 begins, the nature centre is on course to have more than 250,000 pass through the gates this year.

Ipswich City Council’s Conservation, Parks and Sport Committee chairman David Morrison said visitor numbers could smash previous records.

Cr Morrison said new additions to the centre plus new interesting animals were a factor attracting the large crowds.

“The new structures in the Ipswich Nature Centre, including the Frank Manthey Bilby Burrow, have been described as some of the best ever built by a council in Australia,” Cr Morrison said.

“This has been so successful that it recently hosted the birth of the first bilby born outside the controlled breeding program.

“The little girl is currently on display and we are looking for a name for her, so if you are in the area, make a visit and bid your name for the new baby bilby and you could win some wonderful prizes on offer.”

Cr Morrison said it featured a range of Australian wildlife, lush landscaped gardens and exhibits created to represent our local bushland and flora communities.

“Animals in residence include bilbies, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingos, spotted quoll, lizards, goannas and snakes,” he said.

“You can also take a walk through the free-flight bird aviary and get up close and personal with some farm animals in the animal nursery.”

The Ipswich Nature Centre is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 4pm.

Admission is free, however a donation of a gold coin is appreciated. All donations will be used for the care of the animals and future improvements to the Nature Centre.

Cr Morrison said Queens Park also included a state-of-the-art playground and the tranquil Japanese Nerima Gardens.



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