Trail funding received for new tourism

TOURISM OPPORTUNITY: A nature-based tourism initiative that connects Port Pirie and the Southern Flinders Ranges has been awarded $130,000.
TOURISM OPPORTUNITY: A nature-based tourism initiative that connects Port Pirie and the Southern Flinders Ranges has been awarded $130,000.

A new gateway trail connecting Port Pirie and the Flinders Ranges has been granted $130,000 through the Fund My Neighbourhood program. 

The trail received 124 community votes and will allow for nature lovers to enjoy spectacular ridge-line scenery and views of the Spencer Gulf. 

The trail will connect Port Pirie through the Napperby Scout Camp, then through to the Bluff tower lookout, linking key attractions in the Southern Flinders Ranges including the Heysen Trail and Wirrabara Forest trail network. 

Quinten Vanderwerf, the manager of nature based tour operator, In The Flinders, says Port Pirie has the potential to be the gateway to the Southern Flinder Ranges. 

“A well planned, designed and managed trail network will attract additional nature based businesses which will see positive economic development for Port Pirie.”

The State Government program, which allowed the community to vote on projects to be funded within their region, has announced an extensive list of successful projects. 

The trail is expected to bring more tourism to the Mid North. 

Tourism and Events Manager for the Port Pirie Regional Council, Glen Christie says the trail will be of immense benefit to tourism, as Mountain Bikers are always seeking out new and exciting ways to engage with their passion.

“It also links in perfectly with the Southern Flinders Ranges’ Tourism & Events Strategy’s commitment to the further development of Nature-based Tourism.”

“Mount Remarkable are also looking into enhancing competitive biking options – meaning this trail will also provide cross-Council opportunities for development.”