Trail upgrades enhance experience for residents and visitors

Published on Wednesday, 14 June 2023 at 2:32:20 PM

14km of trails within the Darling Downs Equestrian Park (DDEP) have been significantly refurbished, greatly improving recreational opportunities for horse riders, cyclists, walkers and runners living locally or visiting the SJ region.

The popular trails offer a serene experience through well-maintained bushland in Darling Downs but were in need of refurbishment after being used for 15 years. The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale funded the project with additional contributions from the The Darling Downs Resident Association (DDRA), which was instrumental in coordinating the trail refurbishment.

Shire President Cr Rich thanked Bruce Hilliard from the DDRA who worked tirelessly so the trails could be brought back to the highest standard possible.

“Community groups like DDRA are an essential part of our Shire and we are so grateful for their passion and commitment to the trails, which allow us to share the Shire’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities with locals and visitors,” Shire President Cr Rich said.

Collaboration brings trails back to life

Local contractor Uky’s Earthmoving and their team successfully refurbished 14 kilometres of trails, focusing on critical areas needing attention. Throughout the project, close collaboration between the contractor, the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and the DDRA ensured that the works carried out added as much value as possible with the available funds. The trails within the DDEP underwent skimming, leveling, and widening. Additionally, 480 tonnes of trotting fines were laid to reinforce and level the trails, resolving previous erosion issues.

Bruce Hilliard, President of the DDRA said “On behalf of the residents in this area, and the thousands of people who use the DDEP, I would like to thank the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale for their support. This trail refurbishment demonstrates how Government, community organisations and local contractors can work together to improve facilities in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.”

Positive feedback from the community

The positive feedback of this project also shows in the overwhelming feedback from the wider community. Enthusiastic comments are on the DDRA’s project page, with users expressing their gratitude: ‘The trails look beautiful at the moment…. Just wanted to say thank you to all involved.’


Photo: Bruce Hilliard, President of the Darling Downs Resident Association, Shire President Michelle Rich, Vanessa Slater, Coordinator Natural Reserves

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