Irongate Environmental Park
Irongate Park is a 29ha rectangular block of Brigalow Belah scrub and Mt Coolibah open woodland surrounded by farming land around 15 kms from Pittsworth.
The park was gifted to the state government in the 1970’s and has remained untouched by grazing or other farming pursuits throughout.
Fauna & Flora
There are many species of birds and other native animals such as wallabies, grey kangaroos, possums, echidnas and many reptile species in the park.
Drought has seen some reduction of old growth species such as casuarina within the park and an increase of weeds and understory plants.
There is some endangered status semi evergreen vine thicket (SEVT) present.
The Park is cared for by the Dept of Environment and Heritage with assistance from Pittsworth Landcare. Feral pigs and cats and noxious weeds have proved challenging to control and are constantly monitored.
The Park's future
The Park is frequently used by educational facilities from universities to primary schools as an example of an intact environment and studies are made of its biodiversity in all seasons.
The public use the park for birdwatching and bushwalking as it has an easy track winding through the different vegetation.
Pittsworth Landcare are investigating updating signage and installing covered seating to cater for the public and school groups, to preserve the wildness and natural amenity of this remarkable resource.
Pittsworth Landcare work closely with the state and local government departments to protect and promote Irongate Park for future generations.
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