AGM – Chairman’s Report 2018

Riesling Trail Management Committee

Chairman’s report, AGM, 11th October, 2018

I am pleased to present my 6th report as Chairman of the Riesling Trail Management Committee.  Use of the trail by locals and visitors is continuing to increase – at a rate of 7 per cent each year.  The trail has also been used for several major events this year.  These include the Half Marathon, Cycling Classic, Railway Centenary celebration and completion of the Lavender Federation Trail from Murray Bridge to Clare.  The entire trail from Auburn to Clare has now been resurfaced and plans are well under way to complete the final one kilometre section of the trail into Auburn.

Riesling Trail developments

The big news is that we now have the funding ($320,000) to complete the Riesling Trail into Auburn and so linking directly with the Rattler Trail. This involves rebuilding a 60m long bridge across the River Wakefield, constructing 1km of trail along the old railway track and putting safety rails in place for the crossing at Horrocks Highway.  This also includes clearing some Aleppo pines along the western side of the highway so we have the required line of sight for trail users to cross safely.  We are also planning to improve facilities at the car park at Mt Horrocks Wines (the old Auburn railway station), including seats, a shelter and interpretive signs about the local history.  All being well we should have all of this completed by the middle of next year.

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