08 May 2017
The people of SA’s Mid North have earned themselves a significantly larger piece of infrastructure, and a further monument to one of their favourite sons – the late cyclist Shamus Liptrot.
With a lot of hard work (and $105,000 from the Office for Recreation and Sport under its Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program), Mid North locals have raised the $156,000 needed to extend the Shamus Liptrot Cycling Trail a further eight and a half kilometres.
Liptrot, an elite junior cyclist, died at home in Halbury (midway between Balaklava and Auburn) in 2011, four years after sustaining severe injuries in a race fall in Tasmania.
Last week the extension of the cycling trail named in his honour was officially opened.
The new section of the trail extends from the Balaklava Golf Course to Halbury, and features interpretive and safety signage, shelter, seating and revegetation works.
In time – and with no doubt much more dedicated work – the trail will link to other cycling paths in the Mid North, including the Riesling Trail in Auburn and the Walk the Yorke Trail which is planned to connect to Port Wakefield. Key local players involved in organising the trail extension included the Shamus Liptrot Cycling Trail Committee, the Green Army, the Balaklava Area Committee and Wakefield Regional Council.
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