One of Adelaide’s premier walking trails will have significant upgrades completed thanks to a $2.9 million funding commitment from the State Government.
The $2.9 million will be allocated in the Marshall Liberal Government’s first State Budget to be delivered on 4 September.
Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit is one of South Australia’s most popular walking trails and the upgrades will improve durability and increase safety for the public.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the work was important to make the trail more sustainable for future use as visitor numbers continue to grow.
“The Waterfall Gully walking trail suffered significant storm damage in September 2016,” said Minister Speirs.
“Stage 1 of the repair and restoration works is nearing completion. This new works program will complete the upgrade of the trail and will ensure one of Adelaide’s premier walking trails will be able to withstand extreme weather events in the future.
“We want our parks and walking trails to be accessible to as many people as possible and these upgrades will protect the area so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
“The popular walking trail to Mount Lofty Summit starts at the Waterfall Gully car park and climbs through the park’s steep hills, native vegetation and stringybark forest, providing spectacular views over Adelaide.
“An estimated 600,000 people use the trail each year and we hope many more will enjoy what the park has to offer once work is complete.”
The upgrade will include creek bank stabilisation, new boardwalks, stonework and trail re-surfacing.
The works will have limited affect to public users with alternate routes from Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit in place on weekdays. The usual trail will be open and available on weekends.
The upgrades are expected to be completed in 2019.
“Waterfall Gully is part of a 350-strong network of parks and reserves across the State which preserve important ecosystems, habitats, flora and fauna,” said Minister Speirs.
“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to maximising the potential and sustainability of our National Parks and this upgrade of the iconic Waterfall Gully walking trail is in line with our vision.”