Stage one of Tarra Trail opens
Thu 21 April 2011
A new picturesque pathway and bike track from Yarram to Alberton will be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike with the opening of Tarra Trail: Stage One today, ahead of the popular Tarra Festival this weekend.
The newly-developed Yarram to Alberton link of the overall Tarra Trail which extends from Yarram to Port Albert was officially opened today by the Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan.
Tarra Trail: Stage One is a significant project as it is a future destination for the iconic Great Southern Rail Trail, which currently extends to Foster.
The trail will add to the many existing tourism attractions in the area and provide a further boost for businesses and the local economy.
The Victorian Government provided $200,000 in funding for the trail through Regional Development Victoria, with the Wellington Shire Council providing the balance of funding for the $270,000 project.
"The community has also been actively involved in the project throughout its development and it is great to see local people getting behind a great tourism initiative like this" Mr Ryan said. The opening of this first stage of the Tarra Trail is great timing with the popular Tarra Festival taking place this Easter weekend.
The project involved the construction of a shared trail along existing railway reserve and included re-vegetation and the installation of signage and seating.
The development has made use of local materials with the trail being constructed using the same local gravel which was used in the previously-developed Yarram Station Ground Reserve.
The State Government is pleased to be able to contribute to this project and we will continue to support important local initiatives like the Tarra Trail. They arecommitted to working with local communities to deliver better infrastructure, greater prosperity and new opportunities in regional and rural Victoria.