New jobs, health benefits and tourism opportunities underpin the Rushworth to Murchison Rail Trail, which is set to become a reality thanks to Federal Government funding of $1.5 million.

Campaspe Shire Council will match the federal funding for a long-awaited project that will see an 11km trail connect Rushworth and Murchison along the former rail reserve via Waranga Basin.

Federal Member of Nicholls, Damian Drum, said numerous benefits – both during and after construction – would flow as a direct result of the project.

“New jobs will be created during construction and once completed, the hospitality industry and other local businesses can expect to benefit from the growing trend of rail trail holidays,” Mr Drum said.

“The Rushworth-Murchison trail will provide a free, safe and accessible space for locals and support local investments such as car parks, public toilets, and playgrounds.”

Mr Drum said the Rushworth-Murchison trail was the latest project of its kind in Nicholls to receive Federal Government funding, following the Yarrawonga Tourism Trail ($2.7 million federal funding), Murray River Adventure Trail ($650,000), and stage two of Dookie Rail Trail ($275,000).

“With people choosing to holiday closer to home, trails of these kind have become even more popular, with visitors often staying for a night or two, injecting money into the local economy,” Mr Drum said.

“As the local member, I’m proud The Nationals in government have secured more than $5 million for these trails in Nicholls – all of which will have long-lasting benefits for the Goulburn Valley.”

Campaspe Shire Mayor, Chrissy Weller, said Council was delighted to have received Federal Government funding for a project that had been a key priority for many years.

“This trail will provide a free, safe and accessible space for locals and visitors to enjoy and increases what’s on offer across our shire,” Ms Weller said.

“It will attract an abundance of users who will, in turn, economically boost local eateries, accommodation and retail.

“We thank Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, for his ongoing advocacy.”

Details of the funded projects are available on the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website at: https://bit.ly/3uNFXLs

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