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Regional Development Victoria

Hume Regional Tracks and Trails Strategy

Connecting Regionally Significant Trails

Through engagement with local government and tourism bodies, it emerged that there is a priority need to further support the tourism sector, in particular tracks and trails infrastructure, in the Hume region. As a result, Hume RDA has nominated the Future Investment Tracks and Trails Project as a priority for 2015-16.

The focus of this key project is on connecting and enhancing regionally significant tracks and trails in the Hume region, specifically the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail (MTM), High Country Rail Trail (HCRT) and Murray River Adventure Trail (MRAT).

The project will cover the following trail developments, all of which are priority trails identified in the Hume Region Significant Tracks and Trails Strategy 2014-2023:

  • Beechworth to Yackandandah and Yackandandah to Huon to link MTM to HCRT
  • Wodonga CBD connection to link the HCRT and MRAT
  • connection of MTM to Benalla via Winton Wetlands.

In addition, the project will identify investments that maximise the potential of the MTM and HCRT.  The focus will be on initiatives that enhance the visitor experience and make a difference to trails utilisation, increase visitation and create economic and social benefits.

Trail developments to the MTM, HCRT and MRAT cross multiple Local Government Areas (LGAs) including Alpine, Benalla Rural City, Indigo, Towong, Wangaratta Rural City and Wodonga City. Each of these LGAs are key partners in the project along with Tourism North East and Winton Wetlands.

The project will deliver functional and concept designs for the trail extensions and enhancements which will be incorporated into a business case targeted at attracting public and private investment.

The anticipated completion date for the project is February 2016.

Murray to Mountains Rail Trail – High Country Rail Trail – Murray River Adventure Trail Map

Hume Regional Tracks and Trails Strategy

The Hume Region Significant Tracks and Trails Strategy 2014-2023 (Strategy) was adopted by all 12 Hume Local Government Authorities in 2014. The purpose of the Strategy is to improve existing regionally significant tracks and trails, identify any new significant tracks and trails or extensions required, and identify ways to encourage greater use and awareness of the tracks and trails.

The Strategy identifies new or upgraded tracks and trails likely to produce the most benefits within the Hume region. Each of the priority tracks and trails identified is likely to bring increased revenue into in the region, either by providing a completely new experience, or by providing additional experiences or improvements to existing tracks and trails to encourage walkers, cyclists, horse riders and canoeists to stay in the region longer.

The Strategy not only focusses on identifying physical track and trail developments in the Hume region, but also recommends many other initiatives to improve existing trails in terms of planning, management, maintenance, marketing, development of partnerships and enhancing the visitor and user experience.

A committee has been established to ensure the ongoing implementation of the Strategy, including the regular review of the Strategy and its priorities. The committee is comprised of representatives from local and state governments, local tourism boards, and Alpine Resort management bodies. The committee will meet for the first time in July 2015.

Download the Hume Region Significant Tracks and Trails Strategy 2014-2023 document
Hume Region Significant Tracks and Trails Strategy 2014-2023 (PDF 8.2 MB)

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Last Updated: 15 April 2016