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The Townsville plan: a 250 km trail, Cungulla to Jourama Falls
Our group's name for trails is " Community education, awareness and partnership capacity building project".
Trails have great capacity to interest very broad elements of our community. They can realise that our mountains are indeed just as good as "The Grampians" with a flow on to appreciate regional natural resource management issues. Icon natural asset promotion invariably pivots around walking trails and publicity.
Meaningful trails experiences closely depend on involvement/awareness about how such magnificent natural assets are valued and cared for. Through publicity and speaking teams far more than just trails users will be keen to be involved.
On Nature's Trail
A regional Plan for Townsville Trails, January 2002
Text from: A Statewide Strategic Plan for Colorado Trails, January 2000
Many Townsville residents love the outdoors and recreation trails could be much more important to them because trails let people experience nature first hand.
Townsville has spectacular natural assets. In terms of biodiversity it ranks amongst the most diverse regions in Australia. The steep environmental gradient that supports wildlife results from coastlines, islands, cool mountaintops, from arid to rainforests and with internationally renown wetlands. It is steeped in history that is as ancient as anywhere.
This plan paints a picture of a future regional trail system that provides a wide range of recreational opportunities for experiencing the diverse landscapes of our region. Extensive stakeholder and public input will be sought that builds on the partnerships and accomplishments of the past years in presenting strategies for:
Natural assets in Australia are often only highly valued when trails access small but impressive segments.
The Townsville Region Trails Steering Committee represents major interest groups and is committed to seeing that this very long term plan becomes a reality. At the same time, the Steering Committee invites potential partners to join it to accomplish this ambitious vision, a vision that can only be implemented collaboratively.