Yarrawonga Chronicle

River trail making progress

- BY ADRIENNE HARTNETT

Federation Council General Manager Adrian Butler said approximat­ely 10 km of the trail is complete and ready for a bitumen seal.

“Work has continued to proceed on the trail. However, the work has been ancillary to the actual trail constructi­on as the wet weather makes it difficult and inefficien­t to carry out constructi­on activities,” he said.

“Council has transporte­d approximat­ely 16000 tonnes of gravel to two stockpile sites along the proposed route.”

The track which snakes its way along Spring Drive and will feature a 200-metre boardwalk over Lake Mulwala near Drain Lane approximat­ely 15km east of Mulwala.

Federation Council entered a contract with Gradian Projects Pty Ltd to design and construct the boardwalk for $773,166.

Gradian Projects Pty Ltd were also engaged to construct a bridge over the Skehans Lane Drainage channel for $100,892.

The lucrative new trail will not only link the two towns but also provide an opportunit­y for tourists to see other attraction­s and destinatio­ns in the Federation region.

Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said the trail developmen­t supports the objectives of the Corowa Mulwala Trail and Precincts Project Plan (May 2018), by growing and promoting opportunit­ies for physical activity, building awareness and appreciati­on of the region’s natural resources, and improving tourism opportunit­ies.

“There are also opportunit­ies to showcase the Indigenous connection to the region, involving Traditiona­l Owners in the design and content of interpreti­ve material,” he said.

The trail was one of several projects included in an overall NSW State Government­funded $11 million worth of projects for the Federation Council area in April 2018.

Work will recommence on the remainder of the trail once the weather improves. It is hoped that the trail will be open for cyclists and other multi-users in early 2022.

Despite consistent wet weather over the last few months, constructi­on of the 45km Corowa to Mulwala Trail is continuing to make progress.

 ??  ?? Approximat­ely 10km trail is complete and ready for bitumen seal.
Approximat­ely 10km trail is complete and ready for bitumen seal.
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The new Corowa to Mulwala Trail will feature a 200-metre boardwalk over Lake Mulwala near the Spring Drive and Drain Lane intersecti­on.
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