PEEL Region constituents have united to establish and promote the region as WA’s premier trails destination.
The Peel Regional Leaders Forum made up of five local governments – Boddington, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Waroona Shires and the City of Mandurah – as well as Peel Harvey Catchment Council, Peel Community Development Group and Regional Development Australia, has committed to the development of a detailed Peel Region Trails Master Plan featuring a trails network incorporating plans for all five local government districts.
Funding of $90,000 was obtained from Peel Development Commission through Royalties for Regions under its Regional Grants Scheme with a further $35,000 from PRLF to seek a qualified and experience consultant to develop the plan.
According to PRLF chairman Marina Vergone, the project was just one example of how well the region was working together and showed a collective approach was the best strategy for positive outcomes and long term planning.
The project entails an audit of all current trails and will engage stakeholders to identify potential new trail opportunities, link and co-ordinate trails across boundaries, recommend a marketing strategy and provide a future governance structure.
Common Ground Trails is the successful applicant.
Mrs Vergone said they were confident Common Ground would deliver having only recently developed the Perth and Peel and South West Mountain Bike Master Plans.
All five local governments will work closely together with the final strategy to be completed in March next year.