Council Secures Government Funding for Yarra Valley Trail

Yarra Ranges Shire Council


Council is pleased to announce the approval of $4.9M in funding for the next stage of the Yarra Valley Trail.

In mid-February, the Australian Government’s Priority Community Infrastructure Program signed a funding agreement, with $4.9 million provided to Stage 2A of the trail – connecting Yarra Glen to Tarrawarra via the historic railway reserve.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Sophie Todorov, said the project was crucial in Council’s goal of developing a comprehensive network of trails across the Yarra Valley and beyond, weaving through some of Australia’s premier wineries and cultural hotspots.

“When the Yarra Valley Trail is fully complete, community members will be able to hop on their bike in Lilydale, make their way to Yarra Glen and Healesville on the Yarra Valley Trail before heading to the Upper Yarra and connecting up to the Warburton Trail,” she said.

“Down the track, this will also connect to the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination, giving locals and visitors the opportunity to spend days exploring the region, the trails and local businesses.

“This work will complement the considerable volunteer efforts of the Yarra Valley Railway, in restoring heritage rail services between Healesville and Yarra Glen. This work has been a heartening display of community spirit, passion and volunteerism, and we’re proud to work with YVR to make this trail a reality alongside their work.”

A dedicated trail node will be established at Yarra Glen Railway Station as part of current works to connect Yering to Yarra Glen along the trail.

Cr Todorov said the project was an example of an integrated tourism product, giving trail users multiple options to see the region.

“Visitors will have the unique opportunity to see the region on foot or bicycle, hopping on a heritage train journey on the way to take a break and see the railway restoration project firsthand.

“The valley will become more walkable; towns will become connected by trails for the very first time and users will get to experience advanced cycling infrastructure.

“Our forecasts for Stage 2A reveal substantial opportunities for economic growth and jobs creation. We anticipate $3.4m in regional income, and 15 new jobs for locals as this project continues, and a 43 per cent increase in trail use – which will bring tens of millions of dollars to the local economy and generate more than 60 jobs over the coming decade.

“We’re all extremely excited to see this project continue and come to fruition. Thank you to the Australian Government for their consistent support, to sporting clubs, community organisations and industry bodies who have worked with our staff to help make this a reality.”

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