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Minister: Applications for trails funding now open
30/01/2001 11:59 AM
Applications are now being sought for the latest round of funding to build trails in Western Australia.
Sport and Recreation Minister Norman Moore, who is also Minister for Racing and Gaming, said this marked the start of the second triennium of $1.5 million in funding from the Lotteries Commission for the successful Trailswest program, run by Sport and Recreation WA.
Mr Moore said the latest funding meant that the State Government would have contributed a total of $3 million over six years to fund recreational trails in WA.
Three of the most exciting trails currently being developed in the State are:
the Cape-to-Cape trail, from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste, featuring 130km of stunning scenery in the South-West - set to become the second most significant trail in the State after the Bibbulmun Track;
Golden Pipeline Trail, a heritage trail being developed from Mundaring to Northam and eventually through to Kalgoorlie; and
the Hardwood Cycle Trail that will eventually extend from Perth to Albany, mirroring for cyclists what the Bibbulmun Track is for walkers.
Mr Moore said research showed that trails were becoming an increasingly popular way for Western Australians and visitors to explore the natural beauty of the State.
Most importantly, trails provided a perfect setting in which to encourage Western Australians to be physically active.
Under the Trailswest program, local government authorities and incorporated community groups can apply for grants up to $50,000 on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
Applications will close on March 30, 2001, at the Lotteries Commission.
Application forms are available from local government authorities, Sport and Recreation WA and the Lotteries Commission of WA.
For information on the Trails funding program, call Ken Ashman at Sport and Recreation WA on 9387 9700.
Hartley Joynt (Minister’s Office) 0419 982 508
Erin Broderick, 9387 9749