Source: State Government Media Release.
Construction of the 36-kilometre extension of Gippsland’s iconic Great Southern Rail Trail is on track to support the region’s economic recovery, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today visited Loch Railway Station to turn the sod on the start of construction for the project, made possible with $1.3 million from the Government.
Popular among pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, the Great Southern Rail Trail will be extended from 72 kilometres to 108 kilometres in length, creating an unbroken rail trail connecting Nyora to Welshpool.
Once complete, the trail will start at Nyora and pass through Loch, Bena, Korumburra, Kardella and Leongatha. It will then join an existing rail trail that runs through the towns of Koonwarra, Meeniyan, Fish Creek, Foster, Toora, Welshpool and finishes at the newly reconstructed Long Jetty at Port Welshpool.
The extension project includes construction of a shared gravel trail and works to eight bridges and is expected to be finished by February 2023.
The construction phase is expected to boost the economy by almost $4 million and create around seven full-time equivalent jobs.
The Great Southern Rail Trail is built along Australia’s most southern mainland rail line and is an important tourism and community attraction for the Gippsland region. The trail capitalises on the natural beauty of the towns it passes through and is estimated to attract 41,000 visitors each year.
Photo: Great Southern Rail Trail.