Iconic trail open to the pub­lic

North East Tourist News - - Bright & District -

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.

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