The Murray Coorong Trail has edged closer to the start of construction after state government awarded the project $280,000.
Part of $40 million allocated in the state budget to sport and recreation facilities across South Australia, the funding confirmed work onthe450 kilometretrail would begin over the next year.
In addition to the$101,700 contributed from Mid Murray, Murray Bridge and Coorong councilsduring 2016-17, the funding will enable construction of the 25 kilometres that marks the first stage in each district.
The trail aims to increase recreational activity across the Murraylands and combat the obesity epidemic around the region.
It was designed to promote wellbeing, encourage tourism and businessexpansion, showcase theRiver and Coorong, and conserve and protect biodiversity.
The long-termgoal was to link Cadell in the Riverland to Murray Bridge, and on toSalt Creek in the Coorong.
Mid Murray Mayor Dave Burgess predicted the trail would become a national icon.
“The Murray Coorong Trail will help establish the Murray and Mallee as one of the mostattractive recreational destinations in our State,” he said.
“The trail will run along some of our most beautiful stretches of the River Murray and Coorong,showcasing our region to the growing population of walking and cycling enthusiasts who visit.”
Coorong Mayor Neville Jaensch said the trail would connect the recreational activities across the district and had the capacity to expand to other communities.
Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis felt the trail appealed to all ages and avariety of interests.
“Itprovides a facility for families, older residents, fitness enthusiasts and anyone elseinterested to get out and be active while exploring our beautiful local area,” he said.
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