Kiewa wants walk track extended
UKVCA pushes for an extra kilometre
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.