ROMSEY business Newearth Constructions will design and construct the Macedon Ranges Shared Trails Project.
The $11.24 million project, supported by the State Government through the Crisis Committee of Cabinet – Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, will deliver a 24-kilometre trail for walking, running, low-volume cycling, and commuting from Woodend to Riddells Creek—linking rural landscapes, towns and heritage places.
Newearth Constructions is a family-owned business employing local workers and suppliers who have been delivering projects across the Macedon Ranges since 1927.
General manager Mick McCarthy said he was thrilled to find out Macedon Ranges Shire Council had awarded his business both the design and construction contract for the project.
“The Newearth Constructions team all live in the area and all of our works are done throughout this region,” he said.
“We are really pleased to have this fantastic opportunity to partner with Macedon Ranges Shire Council to deliver a region-enhancing project and leave a great legacy for future generations to enjoy.”
The business is committed to creating careers in the civil construction industry in the region, particularly among youth.
In 2018, it was awarded Employer of the Year by the Civil Contractors Federation of Victoria as a result of its commitment to training and development and in 2021 one of its apprentices won the CCF Victorian Apprentice of the Year.
“This project will of course also help us to continue to support local youth with training and employment,” Mr McCarthy said.
Macedon Ranges Shire Council chief executive Bernie O’Sullivan said the trails project was going to be an amazing asset for the community who had increasingly sought the provision of safe walking and cycling opportunities, as well as provide further tourism attractions.
“Residents will have another reason to get out and be active and enjoy our unique landscapes and the trail will also be a major drawcard for visitors from further afield,” he said.
“Research tells us that access to nature is one of the key drivers for visitation to the region, and a project such as this will really enhance our nature-based offer. We can’t wait to see this project take shape.”
Construction of the trail is taking place in stages and is expected to take two years, with completion scheduled for mid-2024.
Stage one of the project has commenced, comprising of a section of the trail in Woodend, with works expected to commence on the second stage from Riddells Creek to Gisborne, and Gisborne to Macedon late 2022.
The works will then be paused during the winter months of 2023 and recommence in late 2023. The final trail sections between Woodend and Macedon will be finalised in mid-2024.
For information on the Macedon Ranges Shared Trails Project visit www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/shared-trails.
People wanting information on job opportunities and subcontracts arising from the project can visit www.newearth.com.au.