Great Lake Trail - Project Timeline

2019
March

World Trail is commissioned to undertake the feasibility of constructing a multi-purpose trail around Great Lake.

August

A full report is received from World Trail.

September

The vision to construct the Trail is presented to and discussed by a group of stakeholders called together by Minister Guy Barnett. Stakeholders include Hydro Tasmania, the Department of State Growth and political leaders from the three levels of government. The group encourages formal contact with Hydro Tasmania as the major landowner/manager of the land surrounding the Great Lake.

October

A presentation is made to the Central Highlands Council that includes the Great Lake Adventure Trail proposal.

December

The Central Highlands Council encourages the development of a Feasibility Study.

2020
May

A formal meeting is held with PWS and Hydro Tasmania. PWS shares its enthusiasm and advises of the process that would need to be followed for approvals.

August

A draft Feasibility Study is provided to Hydro Tasmania and PWS for comment. Some changes are suggested and incorporated into the Study.

November

The Study is presented to the Central Highlands Council. A copy of the Study is included in the Agenda for the December meeting.

December

The Central Highlands Council notes it has received the study.

December

Central Highlands Council provided ‘in principal support’ for the project, it still needs to follow planning process.

2021
January

World Trail undertake discussion with Hydro Tasmania and PWS to determine any concerns relating to the location of the Trail.

February

James Johns meets with Premier Peter Gutwein to brief him on project.

April

World Trial undertake the ‘truthing’ of the Trail.

July

Meetings have begun with Hydro and PWS around reviewing trail.

August

Great Lake Adventure Trail website goes live.

October

Meetings held with key representative bodies

Including:

  • Sports Shooters Association of Australia
  • Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party
  • Greater Western Tiers Tourist Association
  • Northern Midlands Business Association
October

Initial briefings held with Lyons State and Federal Elected Members

October

Johns Group commenced work with Timmins Ray, a third-party organisation to develop an independent community consultation process

December

Distributed invitation for input and comment to the local residents and community groups who had indicated an interest in the project

December

Published invitation to participate in the consolation process in the Highlands Digest

December

Announcement published in The Highlands Digest inviting Central Highlands locals to register their interest in face-to-face consultations.

December

Engaged BDA & WLF commission independent financial feasibility reports

2022
March

Timmins Ray issued the first round of confidential community surveys to those that registered interest, informing them of the consultation process for the face-to-face meetings

April

Project update published in Highland Digest