Superb community effort

THE Grand Strzelecki Track was born out of the efforts of two communities, namely the Balook and district communities surrounded by the Tarra Bulga National Parks in the east, and the Jeeralang communities surrounding the Morwell National Park and Billys Creek Valley in the west, to establish a walking track through the ranges.

The 110 kilometre track spans land controlled by HVP Plantations, national parklands, Department of Sustainability and Environment land, and land belonging to the Wellington and Latrobe City shires.

Almost 20 kilometres of the trail comprises new track.

Mount Tassie is the highest point in the range, and the track also traverses five catchments, thereby offering nature-lovers a variety of flora and fauna.

Managed by the Grand Strzelecki Track Inc, established in 2010, the walking trail will soon feature several rest areas and toilet facilities.

It is hoped the track will be elevated to international acclaim for the 190,000 Victorians and 12,000 tourists to the region annually, who nominate bushwalking as their recreational activity of their choice.

The Grand Strzelecki Track will be officially opened by Deputy Premier Peter Ryan in a ceremony on 6 May.

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