Council receives Painkalac trails plan

Published on 27 December 2018

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Surf Coast Shire Council has received a concept and feasibility plan for the potential development of walking trails in Aireys Inlet’s Painkalac Valley.

Further detailed project planning can now be considered in future budget deliberations, along with submissions for government funding.

The Walk the Painkalac project proposes establishment of trail loops in lower and upper sections of the valley on land owned or managed by Council.

The trails would bring walkers closer to the area’s natural beauty and cultural assets and encourage visitors to linger.

Detailed planning of the project would include community consultation and development of staging options.

“Surf Coast Shire is already renowned as a walking trails destination,” Anglesea ward Councillor Libby Coker said.

“Adding the beautiful Painkalac Valley to the region’s trail options would present a great opportunity, and economic benefit, but much needs to be considered in consultation with community.”

Fellow ward councillor Margot Smith said trails could help draw visitors to Aireys Inlet year-round .

“This could be a great asset for the community, encouraging people to stop and enjoy the beautiful environment,” Cr Smith said.