State Liberals plan for Great Southern Bike Trail to include Goolwa barrages

LINK: Liberal candidate for Finniss David Basham with Shadow Minister for Tourism David Ridgway said the bike trail would allow for upgrades at the Goolwa barrages.
LINK: Liberal candidate for Finniss David Basham with Shadow Minister for Tourism David Ridgway said the bike trail would allow for upgrades at the Goolwa barrages.

The Goolwa barrages could become a unique cycling experience as part of a proposed new trail that would link Adelaide and Melbourne.

Ahead of the upcoming state election, the State Liberals have announced its plans for a Great Southern Bike Trail to feature a series of tourism-focused loops for the novice rider, families and more experienced cyclists.

Shadow Minister for Tourism David Ridgway said the idea was for cyclists to ride across the barrages as part of the trail.

“Obviously, if we’re elected we’d need to sit down with SA Water to talk to them about it and we would need to undertake some infrastructure upgrades for safety but it would be great for tourism and the local economy,” he said.

This could really drive more people to spend on accommodation and food etc in the area

David Ridgway

“Our vision is to turn the trail into a bucket list trip for cyclists.”

He said the trail would be a five to 10 year project and the first step would be taking the concept to the communities that live along the proposed trail.

“Where the trail would go is just a rough outline at the moment… we’ve already put half a million towards undertaking community consultation so we can find out where the people want it to go,” he said.

“This could really drive more people to spend on accommodation and food etc in the area… we could also see investment in and around the Coorong and Mundoo Channel.”

Liberal candidate for Finniss David Basham said the barrages would link Goolwa and Meningie.