Pathway along Adelaide’s beaches – have your say

The Government of SA and six local councils have been working on a scheme to create a Coast Park – a 70km walking and cycling path along the metropolitan Adelaide coastline, from North Haven through to Sellicks Beach.

Planning and consultation for one of the final sections, from Grange, through Tennyson, to Semaphore Park, is underway. A working group has produced four solutions, and local residents have raised their concerns. It’s time to have your say on the plan.

The Park will include, as far as possible, a continuous two-way pathway or trail for walkers and cyclists along the coastal foreshore.

It has been progressively developed since 1992.

We at the Friends of the Heysen Trail consider that Option 1 provides the best solution and is in line with our Policy Document on Shared Use of Walking Trails: a narrower 1.5m – 2m wide path along the dune edge. As path allows for walkers and slow cyclists we consider a 2m wide path is required. Part of this option includes an upgrade of the parallel Seaview Road for faster cyclists. Whilst the ideal in the overall plan calls for a 3m wide path, we think this option provides the balance between encouraging people to walk, cycle and experience the natural environment, whilst balancing dune environment management.

More information about this Coast Park Consultation can be found on the Charles Sturt website at yoursaycharlessturt.com.au/coast-park-consultation

Have your say via the online consultation survey.

Trail along Adelaide beaches - have your say

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Walking SA AGM + Annual Report published

Walking-SA-Annual-Report-2013-14-promo-coverWalking SA’s AGM is 7pm this Thursday, 30 October 2014, at the Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley.

Annual Report Published

  • eleven highlights of the past year
  • read about the year’s achievements
  • letter from the Government of SA congratulating the Board on the successful implementation of the recommendations of the 2013 Governance Review
  • Verdun Bridge Feasibility Study
  • update on the Mount Lofty Ranges Trails Walking Trail Network

Guest Speaker

Adelaide Hills Trails Network Strategy for website

The guest speaker is Mark de Lange from Adelaide Hills Council, who will give a short presentation on the Adelaide Hills 20 Year Trail Strategy.

The strategy is designed to link townships for commuting purposes, provide unique experiences for visitors and provide outlets for recreational activity. Trail opportunities identified include a mix of walking, cycling and horse riding trails; some for shared use and other trails designed specifically for walking.

Read the strategy: Part One and Part Two.

Proposed 400km Walking Trail along River Murray

Seeking Feedback via Online Survey

Proposed 400km Walking Trail along River Murray 560pxA new walking and riding trail along the River Murray is being considered by three regional councils.

A feasibility study is underway and input is being sought.

The trail could begin in Salt Creek on the Coroong, following the Coorong to the Murray Mouth, then following the River Murray to Morgan via Tailem Bend, Murray Bridge and Mannum. The trail will provide links to a number of iconic and historic river towns, major tourism attractions and other existing trail networks along its route.

This feedback survey allows people to view the preliminary trail alignment prior to the land survey commencing. The feedback survey closes 3 November 2014.

You can review the high level alignment maps:

Walking SA 12 Month Celebration – Friday 29th August 2014

It’s 12 months since the ‘new’ Walking SA was established. Celebrate the achievements of the past year.

The evening will also be a special opportunity to:

  • Farewell and thank Brian Goodhind, Administrative Officer of Walking SA
  • Welcome Mel Paull, new Executive Officer
  • Briefly outline plans for future activities

6pm – 8pm
Friday 29th August 2014
Caledonian Hotel
219 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide

Please RSVP, read more at walkingsa.org.au

Snowfall for End-to-End Minus 1 group

Snow on the summit of Mt Bryan, Saturday 28th June 2014

Snow on the summit of Mt Bryan, Saturday 28th June 2014, End-to-End Minus 1The End-to-End ‘Minus 1’ group experienced snow on the summit of Mt Bryan on Saturday.

pCheck out some of the photos at facebook.com/HeysenTrail (no login required).

At 936 metres Mt Bryan, north of Burra, is the highest peak in the Mt Lofty Ranges and occasionally sees a snow fall. The group is spending five days hiking the trail, starting on Saturday in Hallett, and ending two days south of Burra this Friday. Recent rainfall has flooded paddocks and roads, so their walks between Mt Bryan East and Burra have been postponed to another time. Meanwhile they are continuing their journey southwards.

The photos look more like Tasmania, rather than from where they are in the Mid North of South Australia. Keep warm guys!

Thanks for the photos Robert Alcock and Michael Middleton.

Book launch: Walking with Warren – during one half life

Click on image to view larger imageBook launch: “Walking with Warren – during one half life” by author Terry Kreig.

Sunday 1 December 2013, 4pm at the Fullarton Park Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton.

Official launch by Alice Bonython. Screen presentation of some of Warren’s exploits and 30 minute Super8 movie film shot during Warren’s and Terry’s walk around Lake Eyre in 1982.

If possible, please RSVP early this week to patez1@yahoo.com

Politics and Walking, a Look at the Election Policies

With Saturday’s election looming, Bushwalking Australia has investigated expressed policies and the track record of political parties on a range of environmental, health and transport issues that may interest walkers.

“Too often, strong industry lobbies and vested interests have successfully derailed attempts to improve and reform important policies to the detriment of walkers and walking. Unlike other forms of sport, recreation and transport, the benefits of walking are not captured by powerful industries and interests, but flow across the entire society and economy, ” states the introduction.

View the information, including the policies of the Labor Party, Liberal/National Coalition and The Greens at www.bushwalkingaustralia.org/bushwalking-news/119-2013-election-scorecard

For broader environmental issues besides walking, refer to the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Senate Scorecard: www.action.org.au

Independent Review of Walking SA Complete

The independent review into the governance and organisational structure of Walking SA by BDO (formerly PKF) has been completed. The response rate to surveys conducted last year was one of the highest BDO has ever received for this type of review, which is an indication of the importance of walking within the community.

Walking SA has agreed in principle with all the recommendations of the review (view summary of recommendations). The Minister for Recreation and Sport has agreed to provide some additional funds to assist with their implementation.

Key aspects include:

  • Drafting a new constitution and implementing a modern governance structure to support a wider range of walkers and walking interests than has been possible in the past.
  • Better collaboration with local government and like-minded community organisations.
  • Enabling Walking SA to be more adequately resourced to perform these roles.

AGM This Thursday

We would also like to draw your attention to Walking SA’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting this Thursday 15th August at 7:30pm in the Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St Unley. At that meeting an interim committee will be elected, whose main task will be to implement the changes, as well as continue with the present operation of Walking SA. The AGM is open to members of the public as well as members of all affiliated walking clubs.

Walking SA Newsletter

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1) Newsletter

The peak body for recreational walkers in South Australia, Walking SA, has published their Autumn newsletter.

In this edition:

  • Invitation for nominations to Walking SA Transitional Board
  • Coastal Trails at Elliston, Yalata and the Fleurieu Peninsula
  • Trails Update
  • Goannas Walking Group
  • Bushwalking Australia

2) Invitation for nominations to Walking SA Transitional Board

Walking SA will receive state government funding in 2013/14 towards the implementation of the major recommendations of its 2013 Review.

Their next critical step is the establishment of a broad Transitional Board to build on the good work of the current small Interim Committee.

Nominations are being sought for the Board from anyone wishing to contribute to the promotion and practice of walking at all levels in South Australia.

Refer to page 2 of the current newsletter for more details.

3) Walking SA AGM (Annual General Meeting)

Thursday 15 August 2013 at 7.30pm at the Unley Community Centre.

More information about Walking SA can be found on the Walking SA website.