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Clarence Kayak Trail makes a splash

THE Clarence Kayak Trail has been formally recognised for its innovation by taking out the Award of Excellence for Park and Open Space Projects in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Tasmania Awards.

Launched in late 2018 by Clarence City Council, the Clarence Kayak Trail details eight coastal paddle trails around Clarence suitable for beginners through to advanced kayakers in a waterproof, tear-proof brochure.

The trail brochure is divided into nine coastal sections to explore from Risdon through to South Arm, with detailed information for each trail.

This includes information about the estimated distance and skill level required, what to see along the away, launch points, hazards and warnings, and facilities to access off the trail.

The AILA jury said the Clarence Kayak Trail built on best-practice international case studies and provided a model for other coastal communities to follow.

“The Clarence Kayak Trail inventively challenges pre-conceived notions of what a constructed park experience should look like,” the awards jury cited.

“The trail balances demand for recreation, culture and the environment.

“Importantly, it pushes perceptions of what landscape architecture can be.”

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said the Clarence Kayak Trail was an innovative product and one worthy of recognition.

“The Clarence Kayak Trail is unique to Tasmania and we’re not aware of anything like it on mainland Australia,” he said.

“With 191 kilometres of diverse coastline, the development of a kayak trail was the obvious choice to enhance the diverse range of recreational activities we offer and showcase a different way to see our city.

“We are delighted to have been recognised by the AILA for this wonderful resource and I would encourage those in our community who have not yet explored the trail to consider doing so.”

An Award of Excellence is the highest honour that a project can receive and only one such award is given in a category.

The project now moves on to the AILA National Awards, which will be announced in October 2019.

The waterproof Clarence Kayak Trail brochure can be purchased from Council offices and The Tasmanian Map Centre for $9.60.

An electronic copy of the brochure and maps of the trails can be found on the Clarence City Council website at www.ccc.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Alicia Sargent and Alex Nicholson try out the Clarence Kayak Trail, which has been recognised with an Award of Excellence.