Walk the Yorke talk of the town

Media Release


13 December 2015

Joint release with:

John Rau

SA Minister for Planning

Ray Agnew

Mayor of Yorke Peninsula Council

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

Coastal beauty and nature will be the prime drawcards of the 500 kilometre Walk the Yorke Leisure Trail, jointly opened today by Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new leisure trail, on the Yorke Peninsula, promises to be a tourism magnet for the region.

“Walk the Yorke has enormous tourism potential for the region, linking towns from north to south, and showcasing the Peninsula's beautiful coastline and nature,” Mr Truss said.

Mr Ramsey joined the local community today for the official opening of the Walk the Yorke Leisure Trails.

“Tourism has become such a big part of the Yorke Peninsula economy, not just the Christmas rush, but year round with its beautiful and peaceful coastline an all year attraction,” Mr Ramsey said.

“Visitors can choose short walks of up to 90 minutes, more challenging day walks or multi-day walks and bike riding options. I'm looking forward to the Trail attracting visitors from around Australia and potentially the globe, who will boost the region's economy by making use of local accommodation, dining and other services.”

South Australian Minister for Planning John Rau said the Walk the Yorke Leisure Trail is an opportunity to reconnect with nature and truly get away from it all.

“The 500 kilometre trail combines existing natural-surfaced tracks with new form gravelled sections, as well as beach access,” Mr Rau said.

Mayor of Yorke Peninsula Council Ray Agnew OAM said the official opening will begin with a breakfast event at Port Vincent Wharf followed by a walk along the Trail to the main event at the Golf Course and all are encouraged to attend.

“A new brochure and maps, as well as trail markers, signs, seating and shelters have combined to make Walk the Yorke an enticing holiday option for visitors, especially those seeking a more active break outdoors,” Cr Agnew said.

The Walk the Yorke Leisure Trail is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $1.35 million, the South Australian Government $90,000 and the Yorke Peninsula Council $1.34 million.