TRC was engaged to review the Nitmiluk Walking Trail Concept Development Report presented by GHD Clouston Associates (Contract T18-1857, February 2019). The review was in order to gain a second professional opinion on the nature of the proposed trails alignments and design specifications as per the supplied GHD report.
A 2-day on-site assessment was undertaken by TRC to ground-truth a set of proposed shared off-road cycling and walking routes and to assess alignments, proposed trail specifications and experience design.
“As a shared use trail we needed establish what is the best balance between risk management and keeping any environmental impact – visual and otherwise – to a minimum, while also considering build budgets and best suitability for intended user profiles.
The unique and stunning environment of the Nitmiluk NP requires that the user experience is in keeping with the ‘journey through nature’ focus,” says specialist consultant, Chris Ord “It’s not about creating ‘sportified’, high intensity mountain biking trails – far from it – rather it’s about creating a trail experience that remains immersive in nature and focused on the cycling and walking behaviours of specific users such as Grey Nomad, family, international and backpacker visitors, most of whom engage fairly sedately in terms of their riding activity.”