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  • Construction partner announced for new Epic Mountain Bike Trail

    South Australian company Trailscapes have been announced as the successful tenderers to construct the new Epic Mountain Bike Trail planned for the Southern Flinders Ranges.

    The Epic Trail has been designed in line with the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) criteria for epic trail accreditation and is set to become a world-class tourism drawcard for the region.

    The proposed route offers 37.5km of non-stop adventure, with riders climbing to the summit of Mount Remarkable at heights of 950m above sea level then returning to Melrose. It traverses and showcases the unique topography and ecology of the Mount Remarkable Range, offering up fantastic views over the Willochra Plain before climbing to the summit. The trail will then return riders to Melrose by descending the western flank and navigating around the southern extent of the Mount Remarkable.

    Trailscapes will begin survey works in early 2022, ahead of constuction commencing.

    Watch this video or read this article to find out more about this exciting project.

  • New mountain bike trails at Willowie now open

    20 kilometres of new mountain bike trails constructed at Willowie are now ready for public use.

    Catering for beginner through to intermediate riders, the new trails are family-friendly with some progressive elements included for riders those looking to challenge their skills.

    New and improved day visitor facilities are now also in place at Willowie including a picnic area, accessible toilets and improvements to the existing carpark.

    These new trails will contribute to the network of already popular mountain bike trails in Melrose and were planned with the help of local mountain bike organisation, Bike Melrose.

    Trail construction was undertaken bySouth Australian business Trailscapes.

    Local Port Pirie business Alsanto Constructions Pty Ltd completed construction of the Willowie day visitor facilities.

  • New day visitor facilities open at Wirrabara

    New and improved day visitor facilities and car parking have been developed at the Wirrabara Forest picnic area for visitors to this region of the Southern Flinders.

    The new facilities include two picnic shelters with tables and seating, BBQ facilities, an amenity block with accessible toilets and improvements to the existing carpark.

    The improvements to the carpark include more parking spaces, including accessible car parking, resurfacing and changes to improve traffic flow.

    Construction of the day visitor facilities was undertaken by local Port Pirie business Alsanto Constructions Pty Ltd.

  • New national park proclaimed

    A new national park in the Southern Flinders Ranges has been proclaimed.

    The new Wapma Thura - Southern Flinders Ranges National Park comprises the former Telowie Gorge Conservation Park, Wirrabara Range Conservation Park, Spaniards Gully Conservation Park and a discrete portion of Mount Remarkable National Park known as the Napperby block.

    Wapma Thura, the Aboriginal co-name for the new park, means ‘Snake People’. The Wapma is an important totem for the Nukunu people and shows their significant connection to each other and the dreamtime serpent.

    The proclmation will increase the environmental protection for the former conservation parks to conserve their vitally important ecosystems, habitats, plants and animals, unique land formations, and culturally significant places.

  • Gorges walk a new iconic experience

    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.

    View from Gorges Walk in the Southern Flinders Ranges

  • Mambray Creek Upgrade Design

    Infrastructure upgrades will also soon be underway in the Mambray Creek campgrounds, with Adelaide-based landscape architect Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) awarded the design contract to modernise and upgrade the Mambray Creek visitor facilities within Mount Remarkable National Park.

    TCL has over 25 years experience working with the beauty of nature in all its forms; including parks, private sanctuaries, national parks, world heritage areas and all manner of ecologically sensitive areas. This work has spanned the full spectrum of scales from regional infrastructure strategies to the design of walking trails, carparks, trailheads, small structures and lookouts

    Once finalised the designs will be available on engagement hub, with construction expected to commence by the end of the year and be complete by December 2022.

  • Remarkable recognition for a remarkable project

    Thursday 15th April 2021

    The award celebrates strong partnerships between federal, state, and local government and recognises leaders in their communities.

    Kelly-Anne was acknowledged for her work as the driving force behind the delivery of the Remarkable Southern Flinders adventure tourism project. The project is a truly remarkable collaboration between federal, state and local governments, not for profits and Traditional Owners the Nukunu Wampa Thura Aboriginal Corporation. Kelly-Anne was instrumental in bringing all stakeholders to the table.

    During the initial phases of Remarkable Southern Flinders Project, Kelly-Anne’s local knowledge played a huge part in securing funding through the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

    The Remarkable Southern Flinders Project is a partnership between the Australian and State Governments, who are each investing $5 million to create new mountain biking and hiking trails and visitor facilities in the region – including upgrading and expanding campgrounds.

    The project’s partners include the Department for Environment and Water, District Council of Mount Remarkable, Port Pirie Regional Council, Northern Areas Council, Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife and Nukunu Wapma Thura Aboriginal Corporation.

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    Monday, 19 October 2020

    National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia’s engagement website will be a central point where you can access more information on the projects planned and already underway. As well as sharing updates and information, the online hub will seek your feedback and input on some of these projects.

    A short community survey is currently open on the engagement website and your feedback is welcome to help guide initial thinking on sharing the vision for the project with a wide range of audiences.

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