Iconic trail open to the public
IT has taken 11 years, but the Brabralung Iconic Trail which links Mt Hotham to Dinner Plain is finally open.
Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain officially opened the new 12 kilometre iconic trail which highlights the importance of indigenous heritage in the region, with a traditional smoke ceremony during autumn.
The Brabralung Iconic Trail was co-funded between the Mt Hotham Resort Management Board (MHRMB) and the Alpine Shire Council with assistance from Parks Victoria and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC).
The project was implemented to provide a greater range of recreational opportunities including cycling and walking during the summer months, while cross-country skiing, snow shoeing could be carried out during the winter season.
Construction of the trail commenced in 2004 under strict environmental guidelines and in 2005, a cultural heritage assessment identified 25 indigenous sites in the vicinity of the trail.
The sites were incorporated into the planning for the trail to ensure their historical significance was preserved and in accordance with the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan it was recommended the trail be given an appropriate indigenous name.
‘Brabalung Iconic Trail’ was approved by the GLaWAC in December 2014, and is the name of the Gunaikurnia Clan for the region of Gippsland, and translated means Male, berry Worcat (female), meaning the people.
MHRMB CEO Jon Hutchins said the trail encapsulates the history of the mountain.
“The trail highlights the natural beauty and abundant flora and fauna of this area and the cultural significance of the Victorian alps in particular our indigenous history but also the voyages and experiences of white settlement including cattle grazing, gold mining and tourism and recreation,” he said.
The Brabralung trail also compliments a growing range of iconic tracks and trails in the Mt Hotham area, including the Cobungra Ditch and the Huts Walk, Razorback and Mt Feathertop Track, The Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing and the Australian Alps Walking Track.
Kirsty Pearce, Ty Caling, Ron Janas, Jon Hutchins, Andrew Swift, Ron Mason, Ross Grant, Nicky Moffort, Grattan Mullet, Patrick Mullet at the official opening of the new Brabralung Iconic Trail.