Wakefield Regional Council

Funding bridges gap for ‘Walk the Yorkers’

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10 July 2019

A specially designed bridge is the last remaining piece to connect hikers and cyclists over the Wakefield River.

Walk the Yorke
 
Wakefield Regional Council is a step closer to providing a gateway to Walk the Yorke on Port Wakefield’s doorstep, after external funding reinvigorated plans.
 
A specially designed bridge is the last remaining piece to connect hikers and cyclists over the Wakefield River: the first stage in the 500 kilometre leg journey to Moonta Bay.
 
Wakefield Mayor Rodney Reid said the project had been put on hold until enough grant funding could be raised.
 
“Recent State Government funding topped up the budget for the project, bringing it to $186,000 in total,” Mayor Reid said. “Council now believes it has the amount it needs to see the space activated.”
 
“Funding has been raised through a mix of government grant programs – the Planning and Development Fund’s Open Space Program ($62,000) and the 2017-18 Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program ($62,000) – as well as Council’s own contribution of another $62,000.”
 
Council is in the process of working with suppliers to come up with a design to suit the environment and varying weather conditions; wet and marshy during winter and dry and hot in summer.
 
Mayor Rodney Reid said the trail provided a unique way to showcase Port Wakefield and the rest of the coastline.
 
“Walk the Yorke is an impressive initiative that managed to join many small existing trails into one well-designed and maintained cycling and walking trail, and Wakefield is proud to be involved with it.
 
“The proposed bridge, which traces a historic railway line that also crossed the river, will allow ‘Walk the Yorkers’ to fuel up, kit up and start their journey at our seaside township.
 
“Port Wakefield is a real hidden gem with lots of things to see and do, if visitors explore past the highway.
 

“Visitors to Port Wakefield can reflect on the town’s past as a major port. History buffs won’t be disappointed with the historic walking trail through town, while anyone seeking the sea breeze can enjoy the boat ramp and wharf, tidal lagoon, access to the Samphire Coastal areas and tidal flats teeming with mangroves and wildlife.”

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