Federal support needed to finish the Riesling Trail

Senator Simon Birmingham looking at plans to complete the Riesling Trail with committee member Susan Cunningham.

Senator Simon Birmingham looking at plans to complete the Riesling Trail with committee member Susan Cunningham.

Following 19 years of development, the Riesling Trail committee has drawn up plans to build the final piece of the puzzle and finally complete the world famous track.

The 35-kilometre trail which runs from Auburn to Barinia, north of Clare, has been incomplete in Auburn for nearly 20 years, leaving a disconnect which results in tourists getting lost.

With the aid of federal funding, Riesling Trail management committee member Susan Cunningham, who has been leading the submission of a federal grant application, said she hoped to push for its completion as soon as possible. 

Speaking with vice chairman of the committee Mark Hill on Thursday, the pair explained their plans to senator Simon Birmingham, who seemed very fond of the idea.

Speaking to the Northern Argus, Mr Birmingham highlighted the importance of the Riesling Trail from a tourism perspective and said he would like to see it finally completed after all this time.

The committee has submitted an application to the federal government for $120,000 – equal to the state government's contribution announced a few weeks ago.

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