The Elliston Coastal Trail has been drawing the attention of tourists since its completion and it has now been recognised with two awards in as many months.
In October the Elliston District Council received a Walking Award in the local government category for its contribution to walking in South Australia.
The second award came courtesy of the KESAB Sustainable Communities award for outstanding council project.
The Elliston Coastal Trail is 13.6 kilometres of walking and driving track spanning cliff top coastline between Little Bay Surf Break and Cape Finnis and can be experienced as a whole or via smaller trails.
Elliston District Council chairman Kym Callaghan said it felt good to have the work of council staff and the community recognised.
Mr Callaghan said now the wording commemorating the deaths of Aboriginal people in the area in 1849 had been in installed at the reconciliation monument, the trail was finally complete.
“Even on a cool and overcast day there are caravans parked down there and there are people walking around reading the signage,” he said.
“It is having a bit impact tourism wise but local people are really proud of it too.”
He said receiving the two awards reflected the work of the council, particularly operations manager Arthur Johnstone, to see through the project.
Mr Callaghan said the scenery from the trail was “unrivaled” and it was an attraction for the whole region, not just Elliston.
“These awards reflect that while it wasn’t an easy project for a council of this size to manage, it was worth it,” he said.
“You don’t win these awards for a half-baked trail along the cliff.”
Mr Callaghan said to see the trail finished and being enjoyed, it made the council proud of what it overcame to see the project through.
He said the council was happy to have the coastal trail recognised by the recent award and may even set its sights on national ones.
“The awards show what a great project it is and recognised the impact it will have especially with thousands of tourists about to come to the region over the next few months,” Mr Callaghan said.
“To look at the way it has transformed the jetty precinct makes it all worthwhile.”