Wahgunyah to Lake Moodemere Shared Trail (Stage 3)

  • Project typeConstruction
  • Project value$113,720
  • Project scheduleOn Schedule
  • Completion Date30 June 2021
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About this project

The Wahgunyah to Lake Moodemere Shared Trail project was initiated back in 2007 with the formation of a Community Reference Group to help direct Councils development of high quality riverside trails to compliment the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail project from Rutherglen to Wahgunyah. In late 2009 this Rail Trail was completed along approximately 5km of trail along the Murray River foreshores which constituted Stage 1 of this long-term project. A key goal of the project was to construct well graded, sealed surface all weather trails to accommodate a wide range of users.

The Wahgunyah Foreshore Master Plan (WFMP), published in 2010, followed an extensive community consultation process and identified a number of tracks and trails enhancements in and around the township of Wahgunyah, including a route south towards Lake Moodemere. The Wahgunyah to Lake Moodemere trail was also identified as a key trail project within the, “Hume Region Significant Tracks & Trails Strategy 2014 -2023”.

Following the adoption of the WFMP Council continued to extend short sections of the trail network in 2011 and again in 2017. However, the projects specific inclusion within the 2017-21 Council Plan and subsequent allocation of funds allowed the extensive planning and approvals process to proceed with a second 2.3km stage opened in April 2018 from the Wahgunyah Recreation Reserve all the way down to meet the Murray River at Hynes Rd.

Completion of some minor land acquisitions and boundary realignments has now allowed the project to culminate with works during April/May 2021 to construct Stage 3 and add a further 1.1km of shared trail linking it to the internal trail network of the Lake Moodemere Reserve.

Council will continue to explore opportunities for further improvements to these recreational trails. 

28 May 2021 Update

Works on extension of the Wahgunyah-Lake Moodemere Shared trail reached a major milestone this week with the application of the sealed surface.
We still have some further works to complete tidying up the site and installing signs and other trail hardware, so we ask that you kindly observe the worksite signage and stay off the trail for a little longer.
We will advise when the trail will be ready for cyclists and pedestrians as soon as possible.

  

 

7 May 2021 Update

Council works crews have been busy over the last few weeks constructing another 1km section of the Wahgunyah to Lake Moodemere shared cycle and pedestrian trail. This extension will take the trail a big step closer to the Lake Moodemere Reserve and is nestled in between the picturesque Murray River and local vineyards in beautiful Autumn colour after harvest. 

Weather permitting the trail will receive an all-weather bitumen seal and be open for use in the next few weeks. 

Stage 2 Opening April 2018

Excerpt from Indigo Shire Media Release, April 2018

Mayor Jenny O’Connor cut the ribbon and officially opened stage 2 of the Wahgunyah to Lake Moodemere Trail today handing it over for use to the Wahgunyah Community. 

The event was attended by 30 local residents, 4 kids and a dog, most of which took the opportunity to take in the beautiful weather and cycle or walk the recently completed path.

The completion of stage 2 of the trail provides a link between The Wahgunyah Recreation Reserve, The Willows Reserve and the Murray River. Those who took time to meander along the path were grateful for the access to the impressive Red Gum Flats and take in a picturesque corner of the Murray River.

A school teacher from the Wahgunyah Primary school remarked that “the path would provide a much safer option for the school’s annual cross country program than the back streets of Wahgunyah previously used” we look forward to hearing further stories of use from the Wahgunyah community.

 

Stage 3 Open

Council staff put the finishing touches on the final 1.1km of The Wahgunyah to Lake Moodemere Shared Trail in the first week of June, with the installation of signage and safety handrails. Worksite barriers have now been removed and cyclists and pedestrians are welcome to come and try out this extension to the trail network. Users should please be mindful of some loose stones on the surface whilst the new seal settles in and watch for vehicles on some shared road sections. Whilst works on the trail are completed, Council will be carrying out some further work on Hynes Road between the end of the trail and the Lake Moodemere Recreation Reserve boundary over the next few weeks to improve drainage and gravel surfaces.

The Lake Moodemere recreation area and public toilets are only a short 2km ride from the end of the sealed trail via the gravel road network. Whilst more caution is required by cyclists on these quiet gravel roads, the journey through this riverside area is worth the extra pedal power. Council will continue to explore opportunities for further improvements to these recreational trails. 

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Why is this project being undertaken?

This is the final stage of trail construction identified in 2007.

What is happening and when?

Construction is underway and due to for completion May 2021.

What will be the impact of these works?

Minor traffic delays to vehicles on Hynes Road.

 

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