AN ADVENTURE trail hub for hiking and mountain bike enthusiasts across the south-west has moved a step closer.
Consultants have been in the region this month working on the project that would link more than 20 walking tracks and mountain bike and cycling trails taking in the Great Ocean Road to the South Australian border.
TRC Tourism has been engaged to work on the project that would promote the Barwon South-West as an adventure tourism destination, creating social and economic spin-offs for the region.
The project involves nine local councils plus regional organisations and tourism boards working together to promote and encourage greater use of the region’s tracks and trails.
It follows on from a 2009 master plan which found there were few physical and promotional links between the region’s trails as well as varying construction and maintenance standards.
TRC Tourism held an initial meeting with Glenelg Shire Council representatives last week.
The shire’s Great South West Walk and the Glenelg River canoe and kayak trail in Nelson have both been highlighted as significant trails to be managed and promoted. Glenelg Shire mayor John Northcott said the region had untapped potential to benefit from the tourist dollar.
“We live in a part of Australia that has stunning scenery and a majestic coastline, with views that can’t be seen anywhere else in Australia,” Cr Northcott said.
“We need to ensure this is protected and promoted for all to enjoy. I expect this project will generate social and economic benefits for the entire community.”
The project will include the development of a tourism and marketing strategy, a regional cycling strategy and guides for the management and development of the trails.