Time to get walking in Cummins

OPENING: Mick Howell, representing the Community Bank - Cummins District, Cummins and District Tourism Committee member Kirsty Fox and inaugural walking tracks committee member Ashley Lawrie at the opening last month. Photo: Supplied

OPENING: Mick Howell, representing the Community Bank - Cummins District, Cummins and District Tourism Committee member Kirsty Fox and inaugural walking tracks committee member Ashley Lawrie at the opening last month. Photo: Supplied

Almost 100 people were in attendance late last month for the official opening of the Cummins and District Tourism Committee's walking tracks project.

The opening saw family and friends trying out the tracks, which was followed by breakfast at the Railway Triangle Park.

Most of the track infrastructure was installed last year before the finishing touches were applied, including a bench at the railway dam and picnic tables at the end of the Bratten Way and Warrow Road tracks.

Starting at the Railway Triangle Park, there are four walking tracks of varying distances that can be followed around Cummins.

This includes the 7.5-kilometre red track, the 5km blue track, the 3.5km green track and the 3km yellow track which incorporates a loop around the showgrounds.

The tourism committee's volunteer project coordinator Kirsty Fox said at the opening it had been a community effort to complete the project.

"We hope that these guided walking tracks help to inspire the community and visitors to get some exercise and fresh air," she said.

"The walking tracks all begin and end at a bollard just outside the Railway Triangle Park.

"There is an information sign at the park which outlines the four tracks plus there are markers along the way to help keep walkers on track."

The project was funded by the Community Bank - Cummins District and supported by the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council, who helped the tourism committee install the track markers.

The Cummins Men's Shed also helped to install the railway dam bench, while the Cummins Agriculture and Horticulture Show Society supported the installation of exercise equipment at the showgrounds.

Five Loaves Bakery provided hot drinks and hot cross buns with breakfast at the launch, raising more than $160 for future community projects.

The initial grant and walking track routes were started by a community group several years ago before it was handed to the tourism committee in 2018.

"The customers of the bank were quite happy to contribute $25,000 to this project when the grant was approved," Community Bank - Cummins District representative Mick Howell said at the launch.

"This is another example of a partnership in our community - in the past 20 years, we have contributed more than $125,000 into this park alone from the $4.7 million the bank has put back into the community, made possible by the support of customers."

For more information about the walking tracks, visit facebook.com/CumminsSouthAustralia or explorecummins.com.au.