South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

2018 Award Winner
Award Category: Special Recognition Award – Group / Organisation

South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI) Chair Person Chris Bushell accepting the Walking Award for the completion of the Lavender Federation Trail. Award: 2018 Special Recognition Award – Group / Organisation.

South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI) Chair Person Chris Bushell accepting the Walking Award for the completion of the Lavender Federation Trail. Award: 2018 Special Recognition Award – Group / Organisation.

On Saturday 5th May 2018, the final section of the 350km Lavender Federation Trail was opened at Clare. It had taken 21 years since the concept was imagined for the dedicated volunteers of South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI) to bring the trail from a vision to reality.

The trail was a vision of Terry Lavender OAM, regarded as the “Father of the Heysen Trail”, who in 1997 was inspired by the countryside on the eastern side of the Mt Lofty Ranges. Together with others, the idea of a trail between Murray Bridge and Clare was developed.

The trail was routed as near as practical to smaller rural towns providing the towns with an economic benefit.

About the Walking Awards

Walking SA has initiated annual awards to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout South Australia.

Many volunteers and others have contributed to South Australia’s great walking trails, waling clubs, and walking promotion and opportunities for health, wellbeing, recreation and tourism.

If you know of someone who should be considered for an award please do consider nominating them, nominations are taken throughout the year.