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Boosting Bass Coast’s recovery with even better rail trail


The Victorian Government is creating better facilities for locals and visitors along the Bass Coast, by upgrading a popular community trail.

The Bass Coast Rail Trail has received a $416,000 grant for Bass Coast Shire Council to upgrade and extend local walking trails. It forms part of a new suite of projects funded through the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Round 2.

The upgrades to the Bass Coast walking trails will include widening of Cowes to Rhyll boardwalk and refurbishments to some sections of the trail to help extend the life of the track, making it easier and safer for people of all abilities. The popular Kilcunda bridge will also be widened.

The Bass Coast Shire Council will work with Phillip Island Nature Park to complete the project, which will offer even more opportunities for locals and visitors to experience the trail and enjoy the panoramic views across Phillip Island and its stunning coastline.

The Bass Coast Rail Trail is one of the region’s most popular attractions and is used by locals and visitors, taking in sights including the State Coal Mine and the Mine Rescue Station, Wonthaggi wetlands and Powlett River and links to the George Bass Coastal Walk at Kilcunda.

Visitors can also walk along the trail to visit the region’s National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Panny’s Chocolate Factory, A’maze’N Things theme park, Churchill Island historic farmstead and the Koala Conservation Centre.

The Bass Coast walking trail upgrade is a successful project as part of the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Round 2, following a competitive process in which local regional and rural councils and other eligible groups were invited to apply for grants.

Round 2 follows a suite of projects announced last year under the Stimulus Round of the Fund’s 2020/21 program.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, designed to help businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, support community projects and support councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need.

The Fund is key to the Government’s almost $30 billion record investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015. For further information, visit Regional Infrastructure Fund.

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