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Greater Shepparton City Council has received funding of $150,000 towards the Murchison stage of the Box Ironbark Trail from the Victorian State Government Regional Growth Fund. V48-107 Waranga Basin 2012 0329 news

The Murchison Steering Committee has been instrumental in bringing together the application for the funding received and Greater Shepparton City Council has contributed $90,000 towards the project.  Design work has now started and it is hoped that the Trail will be opened by the end of June 2014.

The Trail will be approximately 8 kilometres long starting at Impey Street in the Murchison Township and ending at the rail bridge at Channel Inlet Road, near the Waranga Basin.  The Trail includes the recently refurbished historically significant bridge over the Stuart Murray Canal and will border the unique ecosystem of Doctor’s Swamp wetlands with easy access to the Parks Victoria picnic area on the western boundary of the swamp.  It will then continue along to Channel Inlet Road which gives easy access to Waranga Basin.  During a study in 2011 there were over 60 species of birds and over 90 species of flora identified along the Trail.  It will provide an amazing insight into the history surrounding the Murchison Township, along with being able to view some of the beautiful and tranquil countryside, which makes up a part of the unique Goulburn Valley. 

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