Public comment is being sought on a tracks and trails network masterplan to link towns and villages throughout the Snowy Valleys Region, in southern NSW.
The Regional Tracks and Trails Master Plan, developed by Snowy Valleys Council in collaboration with consultants Tredwell, is open for public comment until 10 January.
Five priority new development projects have been identified by the plan:
- Gudja Gudja Mura Trail
- Tumbarumba to Hume and Hovell Track (Tooma Road Walking/Cycling Path)
- Tumut River Walk (Elm Drive off-road alignment and signage)
- Batlow to Tumut Rail Trail (Stage 1: Batlow to Wybalena)
- Waterfall Drive Trail (establish and promote new Tourist Drive Route)
The council received $270,000 in funding through the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund Stream 2 for the master planning process. However, there is no money allocated in this funding for tracks and trails building or maintenance.
“The Snowy Valleys Tracks and Trails Masterplan is an aspirational plan – a vision of what our region’s tracks and trails network could look like in the long term, boosting tourism and local recreation opportunities,” according to the community feedback website.
“The project includes a trail concept plan and a business case and, where appropriate, high-level costings and a review of environmental factors to assist in obtaining funding to complete the work.”