Coastal trail feats to be celebrated

The Elliston community will celebrate the achievements of the award-winning Elliston Coastal Trail at a community gathering next month.

The five-year, $1.8-million tourism infrastructure project was managed by the Elliston District Council in collaboration with community, government and other organisations, plus local and specialised contractors.

Extensive consultation with the local community, the Wirangu people and government agencies such as Natural Resources Management and the Coastal Protection Board, was undertaken prior to commencing construction of the significant project.

Elliston District Council chairperson Kym Callaghan said the coastal trail was a testament to the cohesive planning, innovation and determination of those who collaborated on the project. 

The spectacular 14.6-kilometres walking and cycling trail has additional trails to beach walking circuits, a town lookout, beach tables, improved stairways and shelters, barbecue areas, interpretive signage and a reconciliation monument.

“We really want to bring the community together to help celebrate the trail and to recognise their contribution,” he said. 

“We have a fun filled program lined up with something for everyone including well known Peter Goers as emcee for the event.”

The project faced challenges such as the major storm in September 2016 which wreaked havoc on the coastline and infrastructure already in place.

However, the Elliston community has been the recipient of several awards for the coastal trail, including the KESAB Sustainable Communities award for Outstanding Council project in November 2017, and the National Local Government award for Promoting Indigenous Recognition, Promoting Indigenous Recognition in May this year.

The Elliston Coastal Trail celebration will be held on Saturday, September 15 at 12.30pm at either the town beach or Trudinger Park – depending on the weather – and will include celebration speeches, a free barbecue and entertainment.

RSVP your attendance to the council at dce@elliston.sa.gov.au.