Great Traverse Trail could be the name of a possible multi-day walk located in the Meander Valley.
The Meander Valley Council will ask the state government to consider developing an iconic walk within the region if a notice of motion is approved at the council’s Tuesday meeting.
Councillor Rodney Synfield is putting the motion forward in response to the government seeking submissions for government funding to develop a new iconic walking track in Tasmania.
The motion would seek the council develop a proposal as part of the submissions.
A draft proposal by Cr Synfield suggests the track could have two starting points on the Northern slopes of the Western Tiers, with one located at Western Creek and the other at the Huntsman, south of Meander.
“The two trails [would] join up south of Mt Ironstone before continuing across the Central Plateau, through the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, before reaching its destination at the Fish River car park near Lake Rowallan,” Cr Synfield said in the council agenda.
From rugged mountains and cliffs, to high plateau country to waterfalls, myriad lakes and dense rainforest; a trail therein, would be one spectacular view.Rodney Synfield
“[It] is proposed to have no steps between Western Creek and the Fish River car park. This will result in the somewhat rare feature of providing fully disabled and infirmed access. It will be a two-person wide track capable of access from either end.”
Three huts or accommodation sits would be needed.
The area for the proposed trail has a variety of “stunning world class features”, Cr Synfield said.
“From rugged mountains and cliffs, to high plateau country to waterfalls, myriad lakes and dense rainforest; a trail therein, would be one spectacular view and experience after another, for the walker and visitor.”
Cr Synfield said a number of jobs would be created if the trail was to go ahead.
“The flow on effects to local businesses would be significant. This project could be the start of a number of equally significant tourism related developments, within the municipality,” he said.
The council is recommended to approve the motion to make a submission by November 24 and have a draft brought to the month’s council meeting.
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