At the SA Walking award presentations recently, Graham Hallandal received one of the few presentations for a sustained contribution to walking in our state.
The presentation was made by MP Matt Cowdrey.
More than 20 years ago Mr Hallandal joined a group convened by the late Terry Lavender OAM to explore the prospects of a trail in the eastern Mount Lofty Ranges from Murray Bridge to Clare.
This group formalised themselves as SARTI (SA Recreational Trails Incorporated), with the intention of developing what was initially called the Federation Trail.
The trail had only reached Tungkillo when unfortunately Mr Lavender died.
The vision was secure by then, and extra members joined SARTI, continuing what was then renamed the Lavender Federation Trail.
The trail, more than 300 kilometres long, arrived in Clare in 2017.
Mr Hallandal's award recognised his role in this achievement by a group of dedicated volunteers.
He has been instrumental from the physical installation to spreading the vision to communities to be linked by the trail.
He has presented formally at council and community meetings, sought grants from authorities to fund the infrastructure and, in particular, produced Footsteps, a newsletter circulated to more than 500 walkers and supporters who follow the progress of the work of SARTI.
Quite recently Mr Hallandal has joined NRM personnel in installing shared-use trails through Kinchina Conservation Park in and around Rocky Gully, and has also assembled local volunteers to install a spur trail from Murray Bridge to Callington following endorsement of the proposal by the Rural City of Murray Bridge.