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A sequence of new walking and cycling trails will allow locals to explore the picturesque Quarry Hills Parkland.

City of Whittlesea Chief Executive Craig Lloyd joined Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio earlier this month to officially turn the first sod on the project.

The five new trails range in length from 300 metres to 1.5 kilometres, and will add around 4.5 kilometres to the parkland’s existing network.

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The project provides for the installation of rest stops, shelters, and way-finding signage to enhance the user experience – giving visitors a chance to make a stop while also enjoying new lookout points.

City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the Quarry Hills Connecting Trails project would give residents the opportunity to enjoy the region’s premier open space.

“Quarry Hills Parkland is such a special place, and these new trails will allow residents and visitors alike to appreciate the area’s natural beauty,” she said.

“I have no doubt the parkland will be an even greater drawcard for people right across Victoria to come and experience the sweeping views.

“This project also allows us to celebrate the special place that Quarry Hills Parkland holds for the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri Willum Clan.”

The trails project, which is on course to be completed in late 2024, is one of three projects underway that will develop the parkland.

The Granite Hills Major Community Park is expected to be finished next year, while construction work will soon start on the Aboriginal Gathering Place.

The Quarry Hills Connecting Trails project is funded by the City of Whittlesea, with $1 million from the State Government’s Suburban Parks Program and $322,000 from the Growing Suburbs Fund.

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