Popular Fairfield viewing platform to be rebuilt

Date published: 18 March 2022

A popular viewing platform overlooking the idyllic Fairfield freshwater wetland is set to receive a new lease of life.

Townsville City Council will rebuild the Northview Lagoon viewing platform due to the degradation of the support pillars over time.

Deputy Mayor Mark Molachino said the work was expected to take around two weeks to complete.

“Council construction crews will build a temporary bund around the foundations of the viewing platform to drain out the water,” Cr Molachino said.

“This will allow them to access the foundations and the viewing platform pillars.”

The freshwater wetlands are popular with Idalia residents and is a renowned wildfowl habitat in the region.

Community Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability Committee chairperson Maurie Soars said the wetlands was excellent for birdwatching.

“The area hosts an amazing array of dry season ducks, geese, herons, cormorants and pelicans and is a very popular spot for Townsville’s bird watching community,” Cr Soars said.

“The wetland is also home to aquatic creatures like fish and freshwater turtles.

“By rebuilding the platform and extending the life of it, we can help the community to continue enjoying the wetlands in Idalia.”

Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday 22 March 2022 and will take about two weeks, weather permitting.

The platform will be closed to the public during the rebuild and Council thanks the community for their cooperation during the works.

For more information about Townsville’s environment, visit Council’s Living in Townsville page.