David Speirs, Minister for Environment and Water, recently announced the awarding of the design contract for the Gorges Walks trail network to Tredwell Management an Adelaide-based sport, recreation and open space specialist.
The Gorges Walk trail network will create a new, iconic, multi-day hiking experience in the Southern Flinders Ranges, taking hikers through rugged gorges and up on to vantage points with spectacular views across the Spencer Gulf. It reflects the growing demand for immersive, nature-based walking experiences in South Australia, across Australia and internationally.
The Department for Environment and Water (DEW) has been working with Tredwell Management to develop the design for the new iconic walk. Tredwell are specialists in recreation and trail planning and have worked on hundreds of trail planning projects across Australia. The team is driven by a desire to create positive change, leading to healthier and more sustainable communities.
In developing the design, Tredwell Management and DEW have consulted with targeted community and industry stakeholders, the Nukunu traditional owners and the project partnership consisting of the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, Port Pirie Regional Council, District Council of Mount Remarkable, Northern Areas Council, Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North and the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board.
Once finalised the design will be available on engagement hub, with construction expected to commence by the end of the year and be complete by December 2022.
The Department for Environment and Water acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.
The Department works in partnership with the First Peoples of South Australia and supports their Nations to take a leading role in caring for their Country.