Stage one announced for Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail

Date posted: 12 September 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation 

A meandering, environmentally sensitive trail route has been approved for the northern section of the Discovery Trail through Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve.
Construction is expected to begin in October on this stage one route, which encompasses the majority of the Reserve from its northern boundary and south to an area adjacent to Tennyson Heights Court.
The trail will be a low-speed, shared-use path that provides visitors with a unique discovery experience.
This upgrade of the current trail is designed to minimise its environmental footprint, protect the sensitivity of Tennyson Dunes by predominantly using existing paths and maintain adjoining residents’ privacy and amenity.
A mix of trail surface options will be used, including a natural product of compacted crushed rubble and a precast modular boardwalk. All materials and surface treatments have been specially selected to ensure the colours blend in with the surrounding natural environment.
The trail will allow users of all ages and abilities to enjoy the scenic views and natural beauty of the dunes, including walkers, cyclists and those with wheelchairs and prams.

Background

The Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail is an important link in the Coast Park initiative by the State Government to build a 70-kilometre linear park along the metropolitan Adelaide coastline – from North Haven to Sellicks Beach.

Design and construction of the Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail will be completed in two stages to ensure all possible trail options are given proper consideration and assessment.

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is currently investigating the most appropriate trail route for the southern section (stage two), from near Tennyson Heights Court to Bournemouth Street.

Consultation on stage two will be undertaken with residents and other stakeholders before a final decision is made.

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter

Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail will form a very special section of Coast Park where visitors can take their time to experience the natural beauty of the reserve at their own pace.

Planning and public consultation to determine the route for stage one of the trail has been extensive and a wide range of views including those from residents, bike riders, environmental groups and walkers were considered in making the final decision.

This upgrade will allow for more visitors to immerse themselves in one of the last remnant mature dunes systems along the Adelaide metropolitan coastline.

The Government is committed to constructing a trail which considers environmental, social and economic factors while providing educational opportunities to promote community understanding of this special place.
The department is engaging with Traditional Owners of the Adelaide plains and coastal area, to conduct an Aboriginal cultural heritage survey to document the anthropological, historical and archaeological values of Tennyson Dunes.