Trail a vital bridge to an Aboriginal heritage

Project leading hand Curtis Reid and trainee Jarret Edwards were involved yesterday in installing one on the trail’s two bridges, linking Wonga Wetlands with Horseshoe Lagoon. Picture: DAVID THORPE

Project leading hand Curtis Reid and trainee Jarret Edwards were involved yesterday in installing one on the trail’s two bridges, linking Wonga Wetlands with Horseshoe Lagoon. Picture: DAVID THORPE

A MURRAY River trail linking Albury’s Union Bridge to Wonga Wetlands is expected to be open for summer.

Development of the six-kilometre Wagirra Trail development reached an important stage yesterday with working starting on a bridge.

A 30-metre bridge links Wonga Wetlands with Horseshoe Lagoon.

A second bridge will be built at Waterview Creek in two weeks time.

Project leader Cassandra Storm said she was excited the trail would be open for summer.

“People can jump on a bike and enjoy their environment,” she said.

Ms Storm said the walking and cycling track would also allow people to connect with the area’s Aboriginal heritage.

The trail will have signs explaining a canoe tree, wildlife, plants, Wiradjuri culture and the value of the river to indigenous people.

There will also be six pieces of indigenous art along the trail.

The Wagirra trail crew, a group of Aboriginal people taking part in an Albury Council employment and training program, is doing the work.

Leading hand Curtis Reid said after two years of work on developments on the river, he was looking forward to the next stage of the plan being completed.

The Wagirra Trail extension is part of the council’s Murray River Experience masterplan and mayor Kevin Mack yesterday said he hoped there would be funding for more work.

“We would like the trail to wrap around the back of Wonga Wetlands and create a return path,” he said.

“I want it to run to the base of the weir wall.”

Cr Mack was confident the community would use the trail, especially in warmer months.

“There will be mothers with babies in prams and kids on little bikes,” he said.

“People can saunter along and enjoy the wildlife.”

Cr Mack plans to lobby the member for Farrer Sussan Ley for money to complete the Murray River Experience.

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