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17 October 2017

Drop-in sessions to discover new rail trail



ABOVE: Beechworth to Yackandandah/Osbornes Flat rail trail route.

Indigo Shire Council will hold three drop-in information sessions about the new rail trail from Beechworth to Yackandandah and Osbornes Flat in the next few weeks.

Funding for the North East Victoria Cycle Optimisation project, a $12 million regional rail trail project, was announced by the State Government in the May budget and was followed by a confirmation visit by the Premier Daniel Andrews to Yackandandah in July. The Beechworth to Yackandandah component will cost $6 million and is scheduled to begin early in 2018.

Mayor Cr Jenny O'Connor said the drop-in information sessions would include a standing display of the maps of the route, handouts of maps and Frequently Asked Questions and other relevant information.

"Staff will be available to answer any questions and we have timed the sessions for both afternoon and evening to allow people as wide a timeframe as possible to attend," Cr O'Connor said.

"Beechworth and Yackandandah are much-loved and frequently visited historic towns that will be easily linked via the new rail trail. Both towns and the communities of Wooragee and Osbornes Flat and businesses along the trail such as wineries and farm gate businesses will benefit economically from increased tourist trade.

"The new rail trail will be an asset that draws residents and tourists alike to enjoy its various attractions."

Cr O'Connor said the trail alignment had been determined for many years based on availability of public land, connectivity of key nodes, suitable off-road alignment, and accessibility.

Work is expected to begin in 2018, beginning with an underpass at the Wodonga Road-Yackandandah turn-off.

"I encourage everyone to come along to one of the three sessions. Just drop-in, talk to staff, get some handouts to take home."

The three information sessions will be held at:

  1. Wooragee Hall, Monday 30 October
  2. Yackandandah Public Hall, Wednesday 8 November
  3. Beechworth Town Hall, Monday 13 November

All sessions will be open from 2.30-4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

For further information visit www.indigoshire.vic.gov.au/railtrail



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For further information:
Contact Cr Jenny O'Connor
Email mayor@indigoshire.vic.gov.au
Phone 0417 126 409