Wine Cycle Pilgrimage
An exciting new project is set to create a world-renowned cycle tourism pilgrimage through South Australia linking the food and wine tourism regions of the Clare Valley, Barossa and the Adelaide Hills, Mt Barker and eventually to McLaren Vale.
Clare & Gilbert Valleys Councillors have given their support to the proposal which leverages from the growing bike economy which attracts more than three million visitors to Australia annually and generates $254m in economic benefit to nation’s communities.
The Adelaide Wine Capital Cycle Trail Project seeks to capitalise on existing trail network infrastructure and expand that network to strategically link tourism businesses and support the development of new tourism experiences.
“The strength of the project has the potential to increase the destination appeal for visitors who seek healthy, active holidays as well as linking many small rural and peri-urban communities with a safe cycling and walking network to improve community health,” Mayor Wayne Thomas said.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been formed to position a regional collaboration between the City of Onkaparinga, District Council of Mt Barker, Adelaide Hills Council, the Barossa Council, Light Regional Council, the Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council, Seppeltsfield Road Business Alliance and Regional Development Australia Barossa, Gawler, Light and Adelaide Plains.
Each local government partner has already contributed $12,500 towards developing a business case.
“The Clare & Gilbert Valleys is in the fortunate position of having the Riesling Trail and Rattler Trail traversing the majority of the proposed route which will meander from Clare to Mt Barker,” Mayor Thomas said.
“At its October meeting Councillors agreed to commit a further $10,000 towards the collective pool of funds to finalise the business case on the proviso that all the other five partners also make the same commitment, and only if an application for Building Better Regions Funding is successful.
“This is an exciting project which will enhance our tourism offerings in the district and will be of widespread community benefit if it comes to fruition.”
Contact: Dr Helen Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer
Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council
4 Gleeson Street CLARE SA 5453
Phone: 08 8842 6400
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