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  • A visit to the Southern Flinders Ranges

    As part of the Remarkable Southern Flinders project, Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North (RDAYMN) welcomed project partner, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW), on a recent tour of the Southern Flinders Ranges.

    FNPW President, Patrick Medley, CEO, Ian Darbyshire and Project Committee Chair, David Pumphrey were greeted in Port Pirie by John Pirie Secondary School First Nations students for a tour of their bush tucker garden ‘Urumbula’.

    The tour saw the students inform the group of different plants that have cultural significance to many First Nations people across the country, including Eremophila Longifolia which plays an important part in the local Nukunu culture.

    Over the next two days, the group was joined by District Ranger, Danny Doyle and RDAYMN’s Alan Zubrinich who guided the group through the stunning Southern Flinders Ranges visiting the iconic Alligator Gorge in Mount Remarkable National Park and spotting 12 Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies in Telowie Gorge Conservation Park, which is their most southern colony.

    The tour allowed for members to immerse themselves in the Southern Flinders Ranges and allowed the Remarkable Southern Flinders project partners to collaborate further on this conservation and tourism project.

  • 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.

  • Second stage of Willowie mountain bike trail

    Thursday 15th April 2021

    Construction of the second stage of new mountain bike trails in Mount Remarkable National Park, Willowie is set to get underway in April with Trailscapes an Adelaide-based trail construction company.

    The new development will create an additional 18 kilometres of dedicated single track trails in the Willowie Forest.

    This network of trails has been developed in consultation with local mountain bike organisation, Bike Melrose and once complete, will form a network of more than 20km of dedicated mountain biking trails in the reserve.

    The trails are designed for beginner and intermediate cyclists but will feature progressive trail elements with optional challenges for more seasoned riders and will be complete by September 2021.

    Visitors can access the reserve using the Melrose to Wilmington rail trail or via the soon to be upgraded car park and facilities, which will include public toilets and picnic areas.

    Image courtesy of James Raison @RideAdelaide

  • 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.

  • Construction underway for Willowie mountain biking trails

    Monday, 19 October 2020

    Construction of new mountain biking trails at Willowie is one of the first new projects underway in the precinct.

    This project will see the construction of approximately 18 km of new mountain bike trails in Mount Remarkable National Park at Willowie, north of Melrose, which has been planned with the help of Bike Melrose. It will also include day visitor facilities with a wheelchair-accessible toilet and a new picnic area.

    The trails will be family-friendly, catering for beginner through to intermediate riders with some progressive elements included for those looking to challenge their skills. Construction of the first trail, currently known as the Ruins Loop is now complete, with the remaining trails expected to be complete by June 2021.

  • Designs underway for an ‘EPIC’ mountain bike trail in Melrose

    Monday, 19 October 2020

    Concept designs for an international-standard mountain bike trail around Mount Remarkable are now underway.

    This is one of the key projects for the Southern Flinders Precinct with trail design experts World Trail coming on board to undertake concept work.

    This mountain bike loop will be built to a standard which will be sensitive to the environment and deliver exceptional views, a great experience and a sense of adventure to riders. The trail will be assessed by the International Mountain Biking Association with the view to gain ‘EPIC’ accreditation, which will attract mountain bike enthusiasts from all over Australia and the world to the region.

    World Trail are one of the largest and most experienced mountain biking trail companies in the world and have designed, planned and constructed hundreds of projects in 20 countries – including Australia’s well-known Blue Derby trail network.

    In addition to designing the loop in Mount Remarkable, World Trail will also assess the potential for other cycling opportunities in the Southern Flinders Ranges, including any downhill trails.

  • Designs underway for Wirrabara picnic area improvements

    Monday, 19 October 2020

    Design work is underway to upgrade the Wirrabara picnic grounds and historic Nursery sites, with improved car parking, better seating, new toilets and a BBQ area.

  • Sign up to the latest news

    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.

    Keep an eye on future editions of this e-news for updates on this exciting project and remember to sign up to be notified of opportunities to help shape the future of this precinct.

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