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ASpanish company has met the costs of the Lake McIntyre bird hide extension at the popular Millicent nature reserve.

Iberdrola owns and operates 112 wind turbines along the Woakwine Range.

Some time ago, Lake Bonney Wind Farm site manager Shane Kelly approached the Lake McIntyre Management Committee with a suggestion that it could benefit from his company’s Community Grants program.

Committee chairperson Sheila Boyle said her group took up the offer late in 2021.

“The committee applied for, and was awarded, a grant from Iberdrola to extend one of our two bird hides, and provide three large bird identification signs within the hide,” Ms Boyle said.

“‘The work to extend the hide was undertaken by the Lake McIntyre volunteers.

“The extension to the hide will mean that more people will be able to use it more comfortably, and the signs will assist people to identify the different species of waterbirds they are likely to see whilst sitting quietly within the hide.

“We are holding a morning tea at Lake McIntyre today.

“Shane Kelly from Iberdrola and some of the Lake McIntyre committee and volunteers will be attending.

“We will be walking to the hide and checking out the new extension and the three posters being placed inside the hide.”

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