High up on Scottsdale Reserve’s sunny plateau in New South Wales, a crowd gathered on 27 March 2007 to celebrate the protection of this outstanding area.
The launch at Scottsdale Reserve. Photo Eddie Misic.
The event heralded the beginning of an ambitious new collaborative project, ‘Kosciuszko to Coast’. This project will link habitats from the Australian Alps to the east-coast ranges and re-establish a corridor of habitats through this highly fragmented landscape to once again allow the movement of species.
Scottsdale lies near the small town of Bredbo on the Monaro Highway and from its highest point it is easy to visualise the habitat pathway that the project hopes to restore. To the west are the forested hills of the Namadgi National Park and to the east the distant hills of the Tinderry Nature Reserve.
At the launch, Traditional Owner Matilda House, whose great-grandfather was a custodian of this country, gave a warm and heartfelt ‘Welcome to Country’. Other speakers highlighted the significance of the collaboration between the community and governments in protecting the environment for future generations.
Our guests included members of the local community, government representatives, research partners and Bush Heritage supporters, many of whom had contributed financially to the purchase of Scottsdale.
Scottsdale was purchased with support from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, private donors commemorating the lives of Helen Lilian Manning Rickards and Dr Peter Barrer, and the Australian Government’s National Reserve System Program.