I’m looking forward immensely to taking a week off to walk the Centenary Trail.
Mayor Rattenbury is giving notice that a helicopter is bringing in two bridges to complete the work:
A helicopter will deliver two trail bridges into place as part of Canberra’s $3.3 million Centenary Trail – a 145 kilometre self-guided loop trail for walkers and touring cyclists, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury announced today.
“The two bridges will be lifted into place on the new section of trail along the Murrumbidgee River,” Mr Rattenbury said. “This new section of trail improves the existing Discovery Trail alignment and will create a more sustainable recreation track from Kambah Pool to the Tuggeranong Town Centre.
“Local company, Makin Trax, which specialises in trail construction in environmentally sensitive areas, has been working since May 2013 to construct 18 kilometres of new trail and upgrade sections of existing trail at various locations around Canberra.
“These locations include a link between Forde and Hall Village following the ACT/NSW border in northern Canberra, the Federal Highway road reserve and Cooleman Ridge.”
Mr Rattenbury said that a special community event will be held to mark the opening of the trail. The ‘Try the Trail Day’ will involve guided walks at a number of hubs on the trail alignment.
“The Centenary Trail project is going to be one of the great legacies of Canberra’s centenary year and is sure to prove popular for locals and visitors alike. The Trail will showcase some of Canberra’s most iconic destinations, while also revealing some less-frequented, beautiful parts of Canberra.
“The Trail will take an estimated three days to ride and seven days to walk, or alternatively people can just do sections of it.
“The Centenary Trail will also include a campsite, located on the northern ACT/NSW border near Oak Hill, and will provide facilities for overnight camping for walkers and cyclists completing the northern section of the trail.
“The campsite will include shaded picnic tables, a pit toilet and rain water tank, shade structure for protection from the weather and bike racks. The site will also have plenty of grassy areas suitable for pitching a tent.”