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Linking central Victoria via the old railway line
Earlier this year, the City of Greater Bendigo received $64,000 as part of the Federal Government’s stimulus package to extend the existing O’Keefe trail right into Axedale. Now the council is seeking input into the best route for the extension.
Route options into Axedale
Ideally, the trail would follow the original alignment through the golf course and across the river to the old trestle bridge across the flood plain. The Axedale community, though, would like the trail to come into the centre of the town. In any event, the “ideal” route is fraught will difficulties.
Options for the route to Axedale:
Options to cross the Campaspe River
Once the trail gets into Axedale it must eventually cross the Campaspe River. Options suggested to date include:
There are probably more options and that’s what we’re looking for. Contact us if you have other ideas.
Dreaming of the other side
The railway used to cross the river where the golf course now exists and travel over a long trestle bridge. This likely involves negotiating access through private property. But it would be a big draw card if the rail trail could somehow access this as well.
Here’s a thought: the best way to get feedback on various routes is to create them in Google Maps (use the “My Maps” feature), and post the links – or embed a map. It’s very easy, and it’s much more informative than using words. Then people can respond with their own maps.