Dirt Art, a world leader in trail design and construction has been awarded the contract from public tender to complete the final 102km of track construction, along the Grampians Peaks Trail (GPT).
They have delivered some of Australia and New Zealand's best hiker and mountain biking trails, including some tracks within the Grampians and the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail in South Australia.
Stage Two will include advanced stone mason work, including hiker steps, walling and paving. The track has been designed to be ecologically sensitive to the landscape as part of our Native Vegetation Counterbalance Offset Strategy.
The schedule of work will give priority in the north from Roses Gap to Halls Gap and between Mount Abrupt and Dunkeld in the south, and Dirt Art have bolstered their team with approximately 80% of their workforce hired from the region.
Dirt Art will continue to construct the other sections of the trail into next year, with all 160kms completed by December 2020.
In GPT other news, Parks Victoria, in partnership with Traditional Owners from Gariwerd, have sought interest from Gariwerd Traditional Owners in new ranger positions dedicated to the Grampians Peaks Trail.
International and domestic visitors will learn about local Aboriginal cultures as Traditional Owners share stories on traditional cultural practices and their connection with Gariwerd.
Once appointed, the rangers will embark on an intensive six-month training program.
The Grampians National Park has more than 80% of Victoria's rock art sites and the largest number in southern Australia. The opportunity to discover and learn more about the sites and Gariwerd culture will provide visitors with a memorable and immersive experience like no other.