Diamond Creek Trail extension to Hurstbridge now open

This is a photograph of Nillumbik Mayor Frances Eyre, Councillors Peter Perkins, Karen Egan and Geoff Paine and Eltham MP Vicki Ward at the Diamond Creek Trail at Hurstbridge.

The long-awaited second stage of the Diamond Creek Trail extension from Wattle Glen to Hurstbridge is now open to users.

The 3.2km section is a shared path for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders and runs from Wilson Reserve in Wattle Glen to the Hurstbridge High Oval in Graysharps Road.

The second stage of the trail extension has been funded with $5.1 million through the Victorian Government’s Suburban Parks Program. Council has provided more than $4 million over both stages of the project.

It connects with the 2.5km first stage of the extension from Diamond Creek to Wattle Glen and provides a continuous path from Hurstbridge to Eltham.

It’s now possible to travel along the trail from Hurstbridge to Eltham, then join the Main Yarra Trail all the way into the CBD.

Nillumbik Mayor Frances Eyre was joined by Councillors Karen Egan, Peter Perkins and Geoff Paine as well as Eltham MP Vicki Ward on Monday to test out the new section. An official opening to celebrate with the community will be held soon.

Cr Eyre said the completion of both stages of the trail extension from Diamond Creek to Hurstbridge was exciting news for the community.

“This is something our community and Council championed for over many years and it’s wonderful to see the dream finally become a reality,” Cr Eyre said.

“Whether you’re a walker, cyclist or even horse rider, we know how much everyone has been looking forward to the trail opening and trying it out.

“I would like to thank the Victorian Government and our local MPs Danielle Green and Vicki Ward for their tireless advocacy and support, which has been critical in making this project happen.

“This has been one of the biggest capital works projects we’ve undertaken in the Shire and it’s been a fantastic collaborative effort between the Victorian Government, Council and the community.”

Bunjil Ward Councillor Karen Egan said the new trail would be a huge boost for Hurstbridge and surrounding area.

“It’s estimated up to 350,000 people will use the trail each year, many will end their journey in Hurstbridge and get to experience everything our wonderful town has to offer,” Cr Egan said.

“It’s also great news for local horse riders who have a safe and enjoyable way to travel between our townships. I’ve already gone for a ride and it’s fantastic.”

Ellis Ward Councillor Peter Perkins said the first stage of the extension from Diamond Creek to Wattle Glen, which was completed in March 2021, had been hugely popular with both locals and visitors alike.

“The completion of this second stage really puts Nillumbik on the map,” Cr Perkins said.

“This trail is one of Council’s biggest infrastructure projects and complements the many new facilities that have recently been completed in Diamond Creek and across the Shire that will benefit our community for many years to come,” Cr Perkins said.

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