Blazing a trail through Coolangatta

TRAIL BLAZER: A submission for the NSW Government to create a leisure trail which links together the original Alexander Berry Estate is under way.
TRAIL BLAZER: A submission for the NSW Government to create a leisure trail which links together the original Alexander Berry Estate is under way.

A submission for the NSW Government to create a leisure trail which links together the original Alexander Berry Estate is under way.

Designed specifically for leisure use, the trails will offer families, groups and individuals the opportunity to access and explore the area by walking or riding on a network of safe, connected and quiet country roads and purpose built trails.

Project committee member Derek Jorgensen, said the network is designed to connect Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa, Shoalhaven Heads, Bomaderry, Kangaroo Valley, Fox Ground and Berry. 

“All trails are intended to be used by both pedestrians and cyclists, with a significant number also being able to be used by horse riders,” he said. 

“Design and construction of specific trails will depend on landowner requirements and potential users.”

Route planning takes in approximately 150 kilometre’s of possible trails with over 50 per cent of the trails are already in existence.

“Shoalhaven Council have already passed a motion of support and both Gareth Ward and Ann Sudmalis have indicated their support for the concept,” he said. 

“Kiama Council Officers have provided information confirming land ownership of sections of the proposed routes and have invited the Project Committee to present to them once the concept is developed more fully.”

It is hoped the development will attract a broad range of visitors and build on the region’s status as a preferred tourist destination.

The concept is modelled on a large number of successful bike and rail trails both in Australia and overseas, in particular the Queenstown trail network which connects five towns and villages in New Zealand’s South Island.

“The Queenstown Trails record in excess of 214,000 users each year and is recognised world-wide as a major tourist attraction,” Jorgensen explained. 

“This project however is not just to attract tourists to the region, but also improve the lifestyle of the region’s residents.”

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