Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that the increasingly leaky budget will bring us a $3.3m Centenary Trail.
“Our centenary will be a fantastic opportunity to show off our great city and there will be few better ways of doing this than through the Canberra Centenary Trail,” Mr Stanhope said.
“It will guide walkers and cyclists through urban and nearby rural areas incorporating a variety of iconic and lesser-known locations that tell the story of Canberra.”
The self-guided trail will start at Parliament House and loop around the ACT through locations including ANZAC Parade and the War Memorial, Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin, Mount Ainslie, Mount Taylor, Red Hill, the National Arboretum Stromlo Forest Park and Mulligans Flat Sanctuary.
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The Centenary Trail will see existing fire and walking trails merged with new trails. It is envisaged that 19km of new trails be constructed and 15km of existing ones upgraded.
A camping area on the southern side of the trail will be built with existing accommodation utilised along other points of the route.
Where the terrain allows, the trail will also include disability access and facilities and there will interpretive signing aimed at people from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Mr Stanhope said people would also be able to access the information through a GPS-based, smart phone application that could allow users to access videos, photographs, music and audio narration tailored to their interests.
The Budget funding follows a $100,000 study on the feasibility of the commemorative trail which recommended either a seven-day, 129km journey for walkers or a three-day, 133km ride for cyclists.
We’re quite looking forward to doing it!