Friday, July 26, 2024

Feasibility survey opens for missing Gippsland trail link

Bass Coast Shire Council, in partnership with South Gippsland Shire Council, has announced the opening of a community survey as part of an ongoing Feasibility Study for the Woolamai-Nyora rail trail extension.

The 25-kilometre Woolamai-Nyora section is a missing link in the impressive 1,100-kilometre Gippsland Odyssey Trail. Once completed, the Gippsland Odyssey will be one of Australia’s longest trails, providing vital new active recreation and commuter links for the community while transforming the region’s tourism infrastructure.

The project is a key component of Bass Coast Shire Council’s overall Tracks and Trails Strategy, which is aimed at enhancing recreational opportunities and connectivity throughout the region.

Council says the purpose of the Feasibility Study is to identify all requirements that would need to be met to enable this project to proceed to detailed design and construction. The development of the Study will include identifying any permits, approvals and structural requirements that would be needed to construct this trail. It will also include extensive engagement with affected landowners, local community and potential user groups.

“The Woolamai-Nyora rail trail extension Feasibility Study is a vital part of investigating our vision for a connected and active community and enhancing Bass Coast as an active Tourism destination,” said Mayor, Clare Le Serve.

“We are committed to engaging with our residents and stakeholders to ensure the Feasibility Study meets the needs and aspirations of our community. I encourage everyone to participate in the survey and have their say in shaping the future of this proposed trail.”

Council has completed an economic impact assessment for this project. The Woolamai to Nyora section of the Gippsland Odyssey Trail is expected to inject $875,000 in direct economic benefit to the region throughout the planning phase of the project and a further $36.12 million in direct economic benefit throughout the construction phase.

For more information and to participate in the survey, click here.

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