Emerald residents and visitors now have more nature trails to explore, with the Central Highlands Regional Council completing the first stage of its Nogoa River trail project.
Starting at the John Gay Bridge, a two-kilometre gravel pathway leads pedestrians and mountain bike cyclists to the Selma Weir. A further section, beginning at the end of Campbell Street, leads to the Town Weir, also known as bottom weir.
Once complete, the two sections of undulating trails will connect via the Emerald Botanic Gardens and the Emerald golf course linking up the two weirs.
Mayor Kerry Hayes said the trail will be an attraction for tourists and will provide an opportunity for people to get together for recreation.
‘The Emerald Botanic Gardens are already a popular recreational and exercise ground for residents and tourists alike,’ he said.
‘The Nogoa River trail expands this point of interest and once complete, will take people on a journey of our history and this important resource – the river and our water.’
This project received grant funding from the Australian Government in the form of $259,600 and a council contribution of the same amount. Council is currently exploring further funding opportunities to complete the second stage of the project.