Southern river trail hangs on council call
Funding for the delayed and muchdebated winter diversion project is in limbo.
In a statement this week, Friends of the Cape-to-Cape Track’s Kevin Lange and Tom Tuffin confirmed grant funding for the completion of the southern river trail was “now somewhat vague”.
“Although a small grant has been relinquished, the recent article showing (a) woman’s life in danger while she was attempting to cross the river has rekindled outside interest in completing the project,” they said.
“It is likely that the funding body is now awaiting the council decision with considerable interest.”
The project was stalled last year amid environmental concerns for a patch of melaleucas, with local conservationists and neighbours speaking against the project.
A $200,000 boardwalk was proposed for the final stretch, but environmental and Aboriginal heritage consultation was unfinished.
The Friends petitioned councillors via email to support finalisation of the project.
“We are receiving a considerable amount of support from the community and can only hope that (the) council will realise the benefits of completing this trail, and will also realise the waste of ratepayers’ money that has already been spent, if they do not do so,” Mr Lange and Mr Tuffin said.