Gateway Island Parklands is located off the Lincoln Causeway between the cities of Albury and Wodonga. It stretches along 10 kilometers of the Murray River and tributaries from the Union Bridge through to Stockies Bridge in Wodonga.
walking track contour map can be found at: http://www.parklands-alburywodonga.org.au/support-your-parks/publications/201511137394.asp
For many years, Gateway Island, lying between Albury and Wodonga was considered an eyesore. A master plan developed by the City of Wodonga has created opportunities for a range of visitor experiences.
Initial work was undertaken by Community Service Order participants from both Victoria and New South Wales, working in partnership with parklands. This work involved the clearing of willows, blackberries and a significant volume of other weeds such as False Acacia (Robinia psuedoacacia) from the banks of the Murray River, which were replaced by indigenous plants.
The Rotary Club of Albury North assisted in the development of a wetland education trail. The bird hides were relocated, a floating pontoon bridge constructed, tracks formed and the area revegetated.
Hume Bank staff, families and friends have been incrementally revegetating the cleared floodplain over the past decade, creating diverse habitat for native fauna such as the threatened Squirrel Glider and Phascogales.
A Green Army team of trainees are currently working on the final section of the Gateway Island along Wodonga Creek. Stay tuned for the official opening event!
The Gateway Island Parklands will form part of the whole Gateway Island redevelopment. Located at the centre of the two cities,with access to the Murray River this parkland will become a major recreational asset.