Article in The Weekend Australian

An article appeared in last week’s Weekend Australian (2/8/08) about Hans Heysen and the Heysen Trail.

VISITORS to Adelaide this approaching spring have a unique treat in store: the Art Gallery of South Australia is mounting an exhibition of the work of a favourite son, Wilhelm Ernst Hans Franz Heysen.

HONOURING the contribution to the way Hans Heysen opened our eyes and hearts to the Australian landscape is the Heysen Trail, one of the world’s great walking experiences. Not that Heysen actually walked it as the trail didn’t exist as an entity in his time. From its starting point 100km south of Adelaide at Cape Jervis, it passes through Heysen’s favourite, and most often painted, regions in the Adelaide Hills and up to his beloved Flinders Ranges.

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Pioneer Women’s Trail on ABC891

This morning on the ABC891 breakfast show, John Kenneally and Tony McCarthy discussed the Pioneer Women’s Trail with Anni Luur Fox, from the Hahndorf branch of the National Trust. The Friends will be hiking the trail this Sunday, 29 June.

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Re-route map now available

Further to this news item reproduced below, titled "Upgrade of 4km of trail through Deep Creek", which originally appeared on Tues 8th April, the map of this re-route between Tapanappa and Boat Harbor Beach is now available on the re-routes page. It affects Map 1.3 of both the new and old Southern Guidebooks.

Trail Upgrade Opens
By Lisa Bachmayer

Walkers will this weekend be able to plant their footprints on the upgraded four-kilometre stretch of the Heysen Trail in Deep Creek Conservation Park.

Open this Saturday, the $90,000 upgrade aims to make the badly eroded section of the trail more environmentally sustainable and provide a more spectacular trek for walkers.

The trail previously hugged the coastline and led its walkers up steep hills, causing significant erosion.

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The Victor Harbor Times
08 April 2008

Win for Walkers – article from the Victor Harbor Times

Republished from the Victor Harbor Times

31 October 2007 – 8:29AM

Win for walkers

INMAN VALLEY – A protest by walkers has persuaded the District Council of Yankalilla not to privatise a public road at Inman Valley.

Although few walkers currently use the road, it will remain open because of its value as a potential future access point to popular walking areas such as the Heysen Trail and Myponga Conservation Park.

The road runs through RP and PM Lander’s property at Inman Valley.

At its latest meeting, council considered transferring the road to the Landers, so their land could be made into one allotment, rather than two sections split by the road.

The Landers had agreed to pay the council $12,430 for the land transfer, and have also had to cover costs for preparing a preliminary plan and schedule, advertising, survey, plan preparation, conveyancing, lodgement and transfer fees, and other charges in regard to the road.

Council commenced negotiations and legal work for the road’s closure following a decision made back in December last year.

In March, public submissions were called for regarding the closure, and two objections were received, from the Walking Federation of South Australia, and the Office for Recreation and Sport respectively.

Thelma Anderson from the Walking Federation’s Walking Access Committee spoke against the closure at the meeting, explaining the "virtues of walking" to the council, and urging council to consider the future recreational value of the road.

She encouraged the council to go what she said was the local government trend of privatising unmade public roads.

Cr John Hughes agreed, saying "it is important to keep these roads in public community ownership".

A division was called following a vote, with Crs John Hughes, John Sanderson, Mandy Aistrope and Janet Jones voting to leave the road open, while Crs Allan Barnes, Bruce Spilsbury and Andrew Gebhardt wanted to close and transfer it.

Chief executive Roger Sweetman said council has many hundreds of unmade roads, and suggested that information about which ones are of value would aid in future decision making.

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The following article concerning the new Gray’s Hut appeared in the regional newspaper the Port Pirie Flinders News.

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The Port Pirie Flinders News (ciculation of 15,000) is distributed to the following areas: Flinders Ranges (Hawker, Quorn), Port Augusta, Clare & Gilbert Valleys, Burra, Peterborough, Port Broughton and the Copper Coast.