A meeting in Fish Creek last week to support the development of the Hoddle Mountain Trail attracted more than 20 locals, with another 15 sending their apologies.
Many of the town’s pioneer families were represented, telling stories about the use of the trail going back for generations.
The trail links the Great Southern Rail Trail with the Hoddle Ranges Walking Trail, creating a 17-kilometre return journey from Fish Creek out through spectacular scenery overlooking Wilson’s Promontory and Corner Inlet.
At its final 2017 meeting, Council voted unanimously to retain for public use the section of the Fish Creek Quarry Road, from Fish Creek-Foster Road to Beards Road.
Despite the local community and visitors having used the trail for many years, this section of the trail is contentious, with an adjacent landowner wanting to buy it from Council and incorporate it into an existing holding.
However, Council’s vote, while not yet being a final decision, seems likely to mean that unless there is overwhelming opposition, the section of road will remain open to public traffic and be formally incorporated into the Hoddle Mountain Trail.
Hoddle Mountain Trail Management Group president, Richard Dargaville said ”Council is to be applauded for voting in favour of an outcome that supports the clear public interest and preference regarding the trail.”
Mr Dargaville said it’s important that anyone wanting to see the Hoddle Mountain Trail finally completed and formally recognised by Council should make a submission to Council outlining their support.
Council will consider all submissions prior to making a final decision regarding the trail at its April 18 Meeting.
Written submissions must be delivered to Council by 5pm on Tuesday February 13th, 2018.