Council starts work on Wiradjuri Trail masterplan
Published: 04 Jun 2020 1:13pm
The first steps in developing a masterplan to map out the future of Wagga Wagga’s popular Wiradjuri Trail were taken this week.
Wagga Wagga City Council met with consultants from Tourism Recreation Conservation (TRC) on site for an assessment at the start of the 42-kilometre trail at Wagga’s Visitor Information Centre.
Council Strategic Asset Planner Ben Creighton said the Wiradjuri Trail is an important part of the city’s recreational DNA and said developing a masterplan went a long way towards securing its place as an important attraction.
“We know that residents and visitors alike utilise this fantastic resource for exercise and recreation at all times of the year,” Mr Creighton said.
“It is a important asset for our city and one we want to preserve within the natural environment yet improve in areas where accessibility and functionality are considerations.
“Developing a masterplan for the entire trail is the start of helping Council achieve a vision to keep the Wiradjuri Trail looking its best, delivering a vibrant asset that attracts tourists yet services community needs and meets their expectations.
Mr Creighton said early consultations will ultimately lead to community engagement when members of the public will have their say on shaping the trail’s long-term future. This process is expected to start in July.
“Council always places great emphasis on community needs and expectations for all of our facilities and the best way to find that out is to ask the people who use it,” he said.
“We’re encouraging the community to start getting your thoughts together because we will be asking what you think.”
Mr Creighton said this week’s consultation with TRC identified some early improvements which Council will put on the table for discussion.
“They were impressed with the entirety of the 42 kilometres of trail as a major asset for this city,” he said.
“It provides access to some of the most beautiful attractions Wagga Wagga has to offer and to have a chance to make that better is an exciting step forward.”