Wagirra Trail stretches closer to Wonga

21 July 2014

A significant milestone has been reached in AlburyCity's plans for the all-weather Wagirra Trail linking Union Bridge and Wonga Wetlands with the installation of the first of two bridges.

The 30 metre long truss bridge has been installed at Rivergums, a private property on the Riverina Highway, between Horseshoe lagoon and Wonga Wetlands. The second bridge at Waterview Creek is scheduled for installation in a fortnight.

AlburyCity Mayor, Kevin Mack said it was an exciting next step in extending the Wagirra Trail to Wonga Wetlands. "Once the second bridge goes in, there'll only be 600 metres of trail left to construct".

"Those works will be undertaken in September, resulting in six kilometres of a sealed 2.5 metre wide shared pedestrian/cycle trail from the Union Bridge at South Albury through to Wonga."

Cr Mack said not only does he envisage the trail being one of the most popular recreational destinations for locals, but also visitors to Albury who can enjoy a leisurely stroll alongside one of Australia's greatest waterways, the Murray River.

"I have no doubt that this will be one of our most valuable assets. Not only does it showcase the River and our spectacular riverside parks, but also our Indigenous heritage."

The trail will soon include new interpretive signage, highlighting the local flora and fauna and also the famous Canoe Tree. They'll provide information on the local Wiradjuri culture and the significance of the Murray River to the Indigenous community.

AlburyCity has worked in close partnership with property owners to ensure the success of the project.

The bridges were constructed and installed by Corowa firm Focus Engineering with the support of AlburyCity's Wagirra Crew, which will complete the remaining works.