Tracks and trails on the land and in the sea will be prioritised with a roads and infrastructure funding package the District Council of Yankalilla received from the federal government.
Seven projects have been identified to have concept plans prepared for or further grants applied for, thanks to their Local Roads and Community Infrastructure payment of $245,369.
The trails, tracks and trail or track-related projects to be prioritised are:
- Multi-use and user-specific trails in the Second Valley Forest Reserves for horse riding, cycling (MTB, downhill, gravel), hiking, trail running, and orienteering
- Multi-use trail Carrickalinga to Normanville, with a staged approach of the continuation of the existing North Bay to Haycock Point foreshore trail
- A trail connecting Myponga township with the Myponga Conservation Park and Heysen Trail
- Kayak and paddleboard access point
- Gravel cycling, with a long-distance trail linking Yankalilla and Victor Harbor
- Upgrade of the skate park and pump track in Yankalilla
- Snorkel trail, with the location to be determined in consultation with Marine Parks
The council will attempt to access extra grants to build on the funding already given and allow for the full work on the trails to begin.
A Tracks and Trails Strategic Action Plan is being developed to gather previously-identified trail development proposals, other opportunities including those brought forward during the recent 2030 Strategic Plan consultation, and implementing trail development over the next five years.
Along with the various tracks and trails already developed, the council aims to set up the district as a "premier nature-based trails destination with the potential to attract state and national trail events".
A further report will be submitted to the council about how the funding will be split and put towards the priority tracks and trails.