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Linking central Victoria via the old railway line
The Australian reported this week that the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail which will run 134 km from Tallarook to Mansfield has received a $13 million funding commitment from the federal government.
This project crosses through three shires and has been in the planning stages for some time. Mitchell, Murrindindi and Mansfield Shires have cooperated to bring the plan to fruition. The three shires will contribute $1 million to the project.
According to the Minster for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, the Shires “advised me that this project was about supporting local economies through tourism and building community spirit after the devastating bushfires.”
It’s very exciting to see the potential of a major rail trail project recognised and funded and proof of what can be achieved.
See the Minister’s media release for full details.
This type of investment will provide economic returns for years to come. Our research on the Murray to Mountains and Warburton rail trails shows that the returns are significant, especially to small businesses providing services in reasnobale proximity to the trail. These trails also enable people to get out cycling away from motorcars with the great health outcomes we know about, which are priceless!
This is a very exciting development,, and it is good to see the Vic highlands being opened up as a tourist wonderland.