The initial stage of the Murray River Adventure Trail – linking Yarrawonga to Burramine with a 13.5 kilometre cycling and walking trail – has been launched just in time for the summer holidays.
Mr Drum officially opened the Adventure Trail at Byramine Homestead this morning alongside Moira Shire Mayor, Libro Mustica, and other community representatives.
Mr Drum said the $1.3 million project, jointly funded by the Federal Government and Moira Shire Council, had significantly improved walking and cycling infrastructure in the area and would help attract adventure-minded tourists, as well as benefit local businesses.
“The construction of a connected link for cycling and walking between Yarrawonga and Burramine is an important first stage in an ambitious goal to link Yarrawonga and Cobram,” Mr Drum said.
“This will deliver crucial economic outcomes, with the planned Adventure Trail route passing through many of our local hospitality venues and small businesses on this stretch of the Murray.
“The Nationals in Government invested $618,000 in stage one to construct this stretch of the Adventure Trail, delivering an important asset to the community and locals who call the Moira Shire home.
“This project is generating jobs and contributing to our regional economy – not just the direct jobs created during planning and construction of the trail, but also the tourism jobs it will generate for decades to come.”
Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, said the Adventure Trail project was another example of how the Federal Government was putting communities back at the heart of the Basin Plan.
“The Murray-Darling Basin is a great place to live, work and raise a family and investments under the economic development program will help deliver jobs, improve our regional economies and improve the lifestyle and livelihoods of the 2.6 million Australians who call the Basin home,” Mr Pitt said.
“Under rounds one and two of the program, we’re investing around $6.6 million across 17 projects approved here in Nicholls to boost the regional economy, focusing on areas here such as tourism and leadership development.”
Mr Mustica said the Adventure Trail opening was the culmination and celebration of a team effort.
“We now have an awesome new community asset that will benefit visitors and locals alike,” Mr Mustica said.
“This trail is the first stage in the large Murray River Adventure Trail, designed to invite a whole new population to experience and appreciate the Murray River environs.
“The trail connects from the Murray Valley Highway onto the magnificent Murray River where you will be able to walk and cycle through beautiful River Red Gum state forests.”
Other projects in Nicholls to have received funding under the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program included $550,000 for the upgrade of Ky Fauna Park’s reptile house and visitor facilities, and $990,000 for the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Industry to upgrade its bowling green, community park and silo art.