After much planning and negotiating, the board of the Lavender Federation Trail has completed the next stage of the walking trail.
This stage links the Lavender Federation Trail from Webb Gap to Waterloo and Manoora.
The new extended section of the trail will be officially opened on Sunday, October 23 at 12.30pm at the Manoora Centenary Park Sporting complex.
Transport will be available at the oval to convey those wishing to experience a guided eight kilometre walk of the new trail from Waterloo to Manoora commencing at 9.45 am
The Lavender Federation Trail is a project of the South Australian Recreation Trails Inc.
Success of the trail has been assisted through the help and involvement of local people and organisations who have been included in the plans of SARTI along the way. Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council chief executive officer, Roy Blight said council had strong, positive feedback from the community regarding the trail crossing into the council region.
Mr Blight said it was a great long-term project which would see a number of communities linked and involved.
CGVC councillor and Lavender Trail delegate Jeremy Kells said he had witnessed strong dedication and passion from those involved.
Mr Kells said the project had brought together a number of community groups and councils.
“The dedication from those involved is phenomenal,” Mr Kells said.
From creating signs, to working with landholders and farmers, Mr Kells said the group was committed to the end result.
He said the views and walking trail along the Tothill Ranges was worth witnessing and he encouraged people to get along to the opening this Sunday and appreciate the hardwork put into this project.
“The area it is going through is beautiful countryside,” he said.
Mr Kells said the Lavender Federation Trail attracted walkers from throughout South Australia, Australia and internationally.
It’s a trail which puts the region on the map and brings a number of groups to the towns it goes through.
The Lavender Federation Trail began in Murray Bridge and is slowly makings its way north, this is the first time it has crossed into Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council area.
The release of Map 5 covering the trail route from Eudunda to Manoora section will be available at the opening, on Sunday.
Future copies will be distributed from Lavender Trail map retailers.
Following the opening, a light lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase at the clubrooms. All are welcome at the opening.