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September saw walkers volunteer to promote the Lavender Federation Trail on Channel 7's SA Weekend program, hosted by Ron Kandelaars - see below.

Footsteps Newsletter

Volume 17, Issue 3 - November, 2018
In this issue:
  • Updated Map 1 Released.
  • Funding approved for new loop trail.
  • Lavender Federation Trail featured on TV.
  • Terry Lavender Churchill Scholarship awarded.
  • SARTI Annual General Meeting.
  • Walking SA Awards.
  • Bits & Pieces.

Updated Map 1 Released:-

A new Map 1 Murray Bridge to Mt Beevor is now available. The new version incorporates the many changes that have occurred since the version released many years ago was published.

Close to Murray Bridge many changes to the route have occurred near and around the wetlands and riverfront as the Murray Bridge Council have built bridges and DEW have upgraded the tops of levy banks.

A road reserve has been reclaimed by Council, multi-use trail built & revegetation program taking a section of trail from the edge of the rail track.

Further west, over half the section originally running on Hartman Road is now off road on Environment & Conservation land.

Additions to the map include trails within the Kinchina Conservation Park. Trails in Kinchina connect with the LFT in Rocky Gully and are all multi-purpose shared walking & MTB trails that extend through to the Princess Highway. Kinchina trails are a small scale and it is recommended that you download a detailed map from our website if you intend using them. 

The Sanders Loop, Mobilong Swamp and a section of the Murray Coorong Trail have been added in an enlarged insert section.

At the western end of Monarto, the Browns Road and Oleria Trails that connect to the LFT are also additions and are multi-purpose trails shared with MTB riders.

Adding these trails to the new map allows you to plan walks that utilize not only the Lavender Federation Trail but also the others that are connected to it. Previously, most were only shown on individual maps from different sources. 

Trail descriptions, text and photos are new or upgraded.

Map stockists are shown on our web site with most able to arrange postage if required.

Funding approved for new trails: -

Two major trail projects that connect to the Lavender Federation Trail received a combined $368,000in funding in the recent SA State Government budget.

The first was Stage 2 of the Murray Coorong Trail which received $168,000 for ongoing project works. This adds to $1 million already invested into the project by various partners. 

This trail joins the LFT near Hume Reserve Murray Bridge & shares the existing LFT to Sturt Reserve. The updated Map 1 previously mentioned shows the location of the Murray Coorong Trail.

When completed, the Murray Coorong Trail will run along or near the Murray River from Cadell in the Riverland to Salt Creek on the Coorong and be approximately 450 km in length. It has been designed as a multipurpose trail.

Second funding went to the Murraylands Multisports Inc, to develop a new six-kilometre shared use walking and cycling trail in Kinchina Conservation Park. This trail, Rocky Gully Northern Loop Trail, was first proposed by SARTI in 2004 as a 3.5 km trail. The trail now proposed will be 5.0 kilometres & connect to the LFT at two locations. 

The new loop trail is not anticipated to be completed for 12 to 18 months.

Watch our web site & “Footsteps” newsletters for updates.

Lavender Federation Trail featured on TV:-

Wednesday 5th September was a busy day for many walkers who took part in the filming by Channel 7 hosted by Ron Kandelaars for the SA Weekend program.

The program went to air 10 days later. 

Filming took place in four locations at Pioneer Park, Truro, Truro Gorge on the Munchenberg property, Dutton Township, Manoora and the Spackman property between Mintaro and Watervale.

The program gives an insight to the varied scenery and history that can be experienced along its 325-kilometre length. Add in the almost 100 km of link, loop and spur trails connected to the main trail and there are walks to suit all ages and fitness levels. In future “Footsteps” we will feature some suggested walks to try.

Many thanks to those who took part in the filming. Our arrival at Manoora coincided with the end of school and it appeared that most of the township arrived on site to take part in the filming.

You can watch to program through this link 

Photos from the filming of the Lavender Federation Trail for Channel 7s SA Weekend program follow.. 

Ron reckon's that one is a take!

Thank you Ron and the team from SA Weekender for the fantastic video you made of the Trail. We hope it inspires many people to come and walk it.

Terry Lavender Churchill Scholarship Awarded:-

Thanks to Walking SA for this article. Reproduced for the benefit of our interstate & overseas readers.

Today the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has awarded $3.1 million worth of Churchill Fellowships to 112 Australians.

One of the recipients is our very own Walking SA Board member Ben Trewren, being awarded the Terry Lavender Scholarship. This scholarship provides opportunities for South Australians to investigate ways to develop, improve, manage, and promote outdoor recreational trails and pursuits in South Australia. Ten South Australians were awarded a fellowship.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust’s aim is to provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field that is not readily available in Australia. The Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill, and fulfil his wish for people from all walks of life to travel the world to gain new knowledge and share ideas and insights.

Ben’s project will allow him to research how engaging people in shared trails can assist in building the outdoor community. Ben hopes to honour Terry’s legacy by harnessing this opportunity to uncover new ideas, attitudes and implementation strategies to build the profile/useability of outdoor recreation trails for all types of users. Ben will be travelling to New Zealand, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Netherlands.

Ben made a presentation at the Walking SA AGM on October 11th.

SARTI Annual General Meeting:-

The AGM was held on Thursday 5th July at the home of Chris Bushell.

Welcome to Don McDonald who has taken over from Isobel Barrett distributing maps & brochures to wholesalers. Many thanks to Isobel for years of service as a member of the SARTI Board, Isobel was a regular at trail planning and building working days as well as many other activities.

Jim McLean has joined as Board minute secretary and is involved in the proposed Adelaide 500 trail. 

Walking SA Awards 2018:-

SARTI was successful in obtaining three awards at the Walking SA AGM on October 11th. Walking SA initiated annual awards to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout South Australia.

A Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation was presented by Walking SA Chair Wendy Keech to “South Australian Recreation Trails Incorporated” (SARTI), the volunteer organization which brought the vision of the Lavender Federation Trail to fruition.

“Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Individual” awards were presented to SARTI members Barry Stacey and George Adams.

Barry Stacey served for almost 14 years as secretary. As planning and construction spread northwards and into new Local Government districts, his workload greatly increased. As the trail route was being planned, land owners along the route were contacted, interpretive signs designed by Barry were manufactured and transported into location for installation by Local Government.

George Adams was a participant in the first organized walk on the LFT in 1999. This was the start of a 19-year involvement and one that continues today. He could, without fail, be seen at every opportunity assisting in walking the proposed route of the trail, attending working days building the trail and using his expertise and contacts gained over many years. He built all the stiles used in recent years to cross fences. He said he has lost count but it is over 220. He also took on the job of “Trail Maintenance Manager’, coordinating the volunteer teams that maintain the trail.

Walking SA Awards. 
L-R: Barry Stacey, George Adams, Chris Bushell, Graham Hallandal

Bits & Pieces: -

ABC Radio National broadcast nationwide a feature on the Lavender Federation Trail on their “Blueprint for Living” program in July. The program highlighted the effect the trail has had on small rural communities. It was Terry Lavenders vision for the Lavender Federation Trail that the trail was to pass through or close to small rural communities so they could get an economic benefit from the trail. 

Interviewed are businesses from Mintaro, a farmer from Watervale and a resident from Manoora.

Go to the link to hear the short feature.

Interstate Trio Complete Trail - End to End

Interstate walkers Ross Kendall (Ballina), Roger Edwards (Canberra), Alan Gillard (Ballina) recently completed the Lavender Federation Trail, from North to South. The groups walk and their impressions will be a feature of the next Footsteps.

Enjoying Manoora hospitality at the Manoora Clubrooms on the 13th September 2018

At the Monarto Recreation Reserve 14 days later and one day from completion.

Lavender Federation Trail Promotion at KESAB Awards
SARTI Board Members are always keen to get out and promote the trail and were active at the recent KESAB Awards with the Lavender Federation Trial display. Attending this event were Chris Bushell, Ann Lavender, Barry Stacey, Bob England and Graham Hallandal. Thank you to all those who stopped for a chat and expressed interest in the LFT.
  • Retail map outlets for the Lavender Federation Trail are listed on the web site. These outlets also stock copies of the free Lavender Federation Trail brochure and a separate free brochure and map of the Sanderston Trail which is not shown on Map 3 but photos are on the web site. The Sanderston Trail connects to the Springton Loop Trail at the eastern end. 

    Mail Orders - We receive many requests for information on map purchases particularly from country areas or interstate. Maps retail for $10 each. Cartographics will mail map individual copies at $9.95 each plus $3.50 postage or a complete set of 6 maps for $54 plus postage. Mail order maps are also available from the Map Shopl they and Cartographics details from the web site..


    Click for the website 'Maps' page
  • Keen interest in the Lavender Federation Trail cloth badges.
    Cost is $10 plus postage however, some map outlets stock them if you want to avoid the postage.

  • They are also available from George Adams (phone 08) 8396-8140 or
     Oder via web form 
  • Are you a “Friend of the Lavender Federation Trail”?
    Memberships are $10 PA for individuals with 5 & 10 year also available.
    Clubs and businesses $100 PA which include an advertisement on the web site.
    Your contribution will allow SARTI to maintain the Lavender Federation Trail (Thank You)
    Details of becoming a LFT “friend” are on the website.
  • Do you have any other favourite resources that might help others? Let us know.
  • You are welcome to tell us about your walk experience of the Lavender Federation Trail.
  • Spot something wrong on the Trail - Please Tell Us! - WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE SAFE!
  • Hear of a Community Event that will happen on or close to the trail that other walkers might like to know about - Let Us Know! - We want the communities along the LFT to benefit.

New Accommodation Listings
Click for Full Listing on Website

Clarevale Cottage 
In the heart of Clare,
PO Box 802, Clare, SA, 5453
0417 803 386
Manoora Sanctuary
On the Lavender Federation Trail,
in the heart of Manoora
0427 882 563 Bookings with Sandy

Manoora Centenary Park

Camping Available (not on oval itself)
Use of Showers at football change rooms (not always available during football season)
0408 100 446 – Phone Pat for more information
If you would like to attract Lavender Federation Trail Walkers and thier support teams to your tourism related business, please contact us for details.


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Graham Hallandal
Editor (Footsteps),
Lavender Federation Walking Trail.
South Australian Recreation Trails Inc.,
Post Office Box 1052,
Murray Bridge, 5253, Australia.
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from Our Business Members

Footside Farm

Overnight accommodation, Farm visits by appointment.

Refurbished ‘Barn’ for sleeping space. Toilet/shower close by.  Ample room for tenting.Catering options from self catering to fully catered country style with the option of featuring native foods. See Website

Carto Graphics

Unley based Carto Graphics has supplied SARTI with all the Lavender Federation Trail maps and given us great support including coming to all our Trail Openings with a display.
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