A 23-kilometre trail connecting major towns in the Macedon Ranges Shire will aim to boost tourism to the region, following the economical effects of COVID-19.
Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas last week announced $8.75 million from the State Government for the Macedon Ranges Trail Project, which will connect Woodend to Macedon, Macedon to New Gisborne and New Gisborne to Riddells Creek.
The project will begin construction this year and is expected to be complete in 2022 as the government works with Macedon Ranges Shire Council and developers to finalise designs.
Once completed, the trail will encourage people to walk, run, or cycle to and from each of the towns, aiming to strengthen the connection and rebuild the economy.
Ms Thomas said the trail was an important regional tourism project.
“This exciting project will enhance the vibrant and varied tourism offerings within the Macedon Ranges region – and improve community health and wellbeing by providing a safe, shared and accessible trail for everyone to enjoy,” she said.
“The project seeks to build enjoyable and safe shared use trail links to major towns in the Macedon Ranges region, designed to encourage cycling, walking and running for people across a range of abilities.”
Ms Thomas said the project was an important aspect in the recovery of Macedon after the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy.
“We need to be investing in projects now that will not only help our local economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic but will benefit our community into the future,” she said.
“The Macedon Ranges Trail Project will create local jobs, support our local businesses and provide fantastic experience for locals and visitors to enjoy in our beautiful region.”
The project is part of the government’s Building Works package which will provide $2.7 billion towards projects across the state, including $382 million in upgrades, maintenance and improvements to tourism destinations.
“The Macedon Ranges Trails is an important regional tourism project as part of the Victorian Government’s Building Works package – a building blitz for projects that help attract visitors, kick-start local economies and create jobs,” Ms Thomas said.