Track and Trails …. exploring Loddon Campaspe naturally27/03/2018
At the past two Loddon Campaspe Regional Assemblies, and at numerous community engagement workshops in our region, participants have provided many examples of track and trail projects they would like to see built or improved.
As a response to this, the Minister for Regional Development has provided funding to develop a Loddon Campaspe strategy which identifies significant trails within the region which require investment and further development.
After many months work by external consultants and a project steering group consisting of LGA and Government representation, the Loddon Campaspe Regionally Significant Trails Strategy 2018 – 2023 is now finalised.
This Strategy provides the Regional Partnership a clear direction regarding what the region’s main priorities are for trail development and has gathered the evidence required to encourage investment in these trails.
The Loddon Campaspe Region is a nature-trail destination of choice for walkers, runners, riders and paddlers.
Our vision is not just about developing physical trails, but also creating trail experiences for users that will capitalise on the uniqueness of our region. In so doing, we hope to build the visitor economy and engage the public with the natural environment.
The Strategy identifies five nature trail projects as being the highest priority for investment and development. These trails are:
- The Daylesford to Hanging Rock Rail Trail;
- The Echuca Winery Loop – Murray River Adventure Trail;
- The Goldfields Track upgrade;
- The Gunbower National Park Trail Loops – Murray River Adventure Trail;
- The Heathcote to Murchison Trail.
Now the Strategy has been developed, the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership will focus on implementing the recommendations and establish a regional governance body to oversee the implementation of the regional strategy.
Just last week, we saw another exciting announcement for our Loddon Campaspe region with the official opening of the La Larr Ba Guawa mountain bike park in Harcourt.
The Park is two kilometres east of Harcourt and adjoins the Mount Alexander Regional Park. It includes 34 kilometres of trails that take advantage of the site’s stunning views and granite landscapes. It caters to riders from beginners to advanced, with technical features that will have riders returning again and again.
The project is expected to increase the number of visitors to the precinct to 25,000 visitors per year in 2018. Within the five years, the precinct is expected to attract 100,000 visitors a year and create 57 jobs in the visitor economy.
Annual visitor spending is expected to reach $2.4 million in 2018 and increase to $9.8 million after five years. The project is also projected to spark private sector investment in bike related services and the hospitality sector.
The Victorian Government invested almost $2.5 million towards the project.