Partnership to keep track of trail care

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS -

The Chap­man River Re­gional Park Trail will now be main­tained through a partnership be­tween the Ger­ald­ton Moun­tain Bike Club, Chap­man River Friends and the City of Greater Ger­ald­ton.

The three or­gan­i­sa­tions have agreed to main­tain the for­malised 11km loop trail through the Chap­man River Re­gional Park Trail Adop­tion Agree­ment.

The partnership will en­sure the trail meets health and safety guide­lines, re­mains en­vi­ron­men­tally sustainable, and re­spects cul­tural val­ues.

The agree­ment also sets the phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion of the loop trail and ed­u­cates users on the ben­e­fits of us­ing the sanc­tioned trail.

Ger­ald­ton Moun­tain Bike Club pres­i­dent Paul Spack­man en­cour­aged com­mu­nity mem­bers to ex­plore the trail.

“We’ve been work­ing on this project for a num­ber of years in partnership with the City and Chap­man River Friends,” he said.

“This agree­ment for­malises our in­volve­ment in the main­te­nance and up­keep of the trail and our de­sire for peo­ple to get out into the park to see an ar­ray of na­tive flora

and fauna. This is an im­por­tant as­set that we want to pre­serve for our fu­ture generations.”

As part of the agree­ment, a trail main­te­nance sched­ule will be de­vel­oped.

The agree­ment also en­cour­ages the or­gan­i­sa­tions to work to­gether to find ex­ter­nal fund­ing to fa­cil­i­tate works on the trail.

Mayor Shane Van Styn said the partnership would help pro­tect the park’s na­tive plants and an­i­mals.

Paul Spack­man Pic­ture: City of Greater Ger­ald­ton

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