New path paved

Thanks to a grant, there's now a new pathway to Neagles Rock Lookout.
Thanks to a grant, there's now a new pathway to Neagles Rock Lookout.

Neagles Rock Reserve newest hand cut walking trail has opened thanks to the work of Conservation Volunteers supported by a $33,000 Drought Communities Funding grant from the Australian Government.

The rejuvenated trail network links to the Lavender Trail.

Neagles Rock was named after pioneer pastoralist George Neagle and the land was donated to the Corporation of Clare in 1936 by Mrs John Christison.

The area has been a popular spot for hikers and the new trail provides an easier walk for visitors.

Rotary Club of Clare have donated furniture for the trail, yet to be installed, and are planning to paint the existing shelter as soon as practicable.

Bush for Life volunteers have been working on the site for many years, controlling topped lavender and other exotic species. Their work has transformed the Reserve.

Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council mayor Wayne Thomas said Neagles Rock was an ecologically authentic and pristine environment where the hard work of volunteers has created a space where the native flora can thrive.

Tourist points of interest at Neagles Rock include a rare remnant of Peppermint Box woodland and what is likely to be the largest single site in the world of the nationally endangered Osborn's Eyebright (Euphrasia colina ssp Osbornii)

"This project has been a community collaboration with Bush for Life, the Lavender Trail, Rotary Club, Conservation Volunteers the community and Council," Mayor Thomas said.