Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore rail trail

Linking central Victoria via the old railway line

The trail is now officially open

Its official, the O’Keefe Rail Trail’s latest extension between Axedale and Heathcote is now open for business.

Monday 21 December 2015 saw Jacinta Allan, Member for Bendigo East and Minister for Public Transport and Employment, and Mayor Cr Rod Fyffe City of Greater Bendigo, officially open the new extension of the now 49km off-road trail linking Heathcote, Knowsley, Axedale, Junortoun and Bendigo.

Attendees at O'Keefe Rail Trail Offical Opening 21 Dec 2015. Photo: Les Lewis

Attendees at O’Keefe Rail Trail Offical Opening 21 Dec 2015. Photo: Les Lewis

With a crowd of over 100 people attending the opening, it was an indication of the interest in this trail. Minister Allan, Mayor Fyffe and Friends of Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail President Garry Long unveiled a plaque to recognise the occasion. It was a fitting tribute to the support that Jacinta had made to this project, as well as committing the Victorian State Government to supporting a feasibility study in 2016 for a ‘Wallan to Heathcote Rail Trail’ proposal.

O'Keefe Rail Trail Offical Opening 21 Dec 2015. Photo: Les Lewis

O’Keefe Rail Trail Offical Opening 21 Dec 2015.

Prior to the plaque unveiling, Garry thanked Jacinta for her continuing support, the City of Greater Bendigo Councillors and staff commitment to co-fund and build this new trail, and also community members for their passionate support over the past 6 years. This support and involvement has now created a lasting community asset, to help improve community health and wellbeing, plus be an important tourist attraction that is expected to contribute significantly to Heathcote and Axedale’s economy.

Plaque - O'Keefe Rail Trail Offical Opening 21 Dec 2015. Photo: Les Lewis

O’Keefe Rail Trail Plaque – Offical Opening 21 Dec 2015. Photo: Les Lewis

3 responses to “The trail is now officially open

  1. timgentle December 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Sooooooo good! Congrats. I will be tackling that #railtrail on foot very shortly #trailrunning

  2. timgentle December 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Sooooooo good! Congrats! I will be tackling that section of the #okeeferailtrail on foot very shortly. #trailrunning

  3. Steve December 24, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Well Done Guys. Looking forward to coming up & trying out the full length over summer.
    I think you’ve got past the Day trip Distance now. 98km round trip warrants a night relaxing in Bendigo or Heathcote.

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