Kiewa wants walk track ex­tended

UKVCA pushes for an ex­tra kilo­me­tre

Alpine Observer - - News - By ALEX CRAIG

UP­PER Kiewa Val­ley Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion is re­new­ing its push to have the West Kiewa Walk­ing Track, known lo­cally as the Peb­ble Beach Track, ex­tended al­most a kilo­me­tre down river.

The track fol­lows the Kiewa River.

The as­so­ci­a­tion would like the track to reach the Kiewa’s con­flu­ence with its East Kiewa trib­u­tary.

Fund­ing for this project was al­lo­cated in the last Alpine Shire bud­get, but at the last minute it was redi­rected to cre­at­ing foot and cy­cle paths be­side Simmonds Creek Road in Ta­wonga South.

A group of res­i­dents, rep- re­sent­ing a range of Up­per Kiewa com­mu­nity groups, walked the pro­posed track ex­ten­sion last Wed­nes­day led by lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal vol­un­teer Jim Creb­bin.

Those rep­re­sented in­cluded the Up­per Kiewa Val­ley Com­mu­nity Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Fish­ing Club, Men’s Shed, Lions and Ro­tary clubs, U3A bush­walk­ers and dog walk­ing group.

“We are ask­ing in­ter­ested par­ties to give us their feed­back so that the fi­nal plans can be sub­mit­ted,” Mr Creb­bin said.

“Some of the is­sues we have to con­sider are the place­ment of the track on the high­est ground to avoid flood waters, and to be sure the ma­te­rial used to top the path­way will be re­sis­tant to flood­wa­ter.

“The river­front land is cur­rently un­der lease to pri­vate land­hold­ers, but there is the pos­si­bil­ity that we can do some land-swap deals to ra­tio­nalise the planned route of the track and be sure that the fence is dog-proof to pro­tect cat­tle.”

As the land near the con­flu­ence is ex­tremely boggy, a turn­around loop is pro­posed on higher ground a few hun­dred me­tres be­fore it, as well as sev­eral short side- tracks pro­vid­ing ac­cess to the river at in­ter­est­ing or at­trac­tive spots.

It is hoped the new track will open up ad­di­tional stretches of the river for the use of walk­ers, cy­clists and fish­er­men and be an added at­trac­tion for tourists to the Up­per Kiewa Val­ley.

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