We have not let the COVID-19 pandemic define our year. We’ve been working together virtually to advance a number of projects and we have continued many of our outdoor track activities in a COVID-save manner.
One of our significant achievements has been the completion of the reposting and updating of the signage on the Lerderderg Track between Daylesford and Bacchus Marsh. Hepburn Shire has funded Lerderderg Track trailhead display panels which were installed at Lake Jubilee and the Bridport St lookout. Ed Butler and his team planted up to 100 posts and street signs along the 87km-long track with the support of all the land managers. Our cartographer, Ken Dowling, finished the second edition of our Lerderderg Track map which includes many new changes to the route including separate routes for cyclists in some areas. The map is available from our on-line shop.
Our Track Ambassador, Steve Moneghetti and ultra-runner Ash Watson have already tested and approved the upgraded route. Steve and our Mountain Bike Ambassador, Lisa Jacobs, will launch the refreshed Lerderderg Track leg of the Great Dividing Trail Network (GDTN) next autumn but until then it is open to all walkers, joggers and cyclists.
Thanks to the Bendigo Community Bank Daylesford District, we have received a grant of $8,000 to publish a booklet of short circuit walks and bike rides for residents and visitors to the Daylesford region. This was long a dream of our founding Treasurer, Pat Hope. The booklet’s 20 day walks and 10 bike rides will focus on circuits within a 25km radius of Daylesford. A draft or the booklet is well advanced and we hope to make the published booklet available to members and the public by next March.
We were forced to cancel two of our monthly guided walks due to COVID restrictions but others went ahead with some adjustment of dates and restrictions on numbers. We ended on a high with a well-attended walk through Beehive Gully ending at Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve with a picnic catered by Spade-to-Blade. The Members Walk and Lunch looks like it’s destined to become an annual tradition.
Gib Wettenhall is the President of the Great Dividing Trail Association.