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Extending the Trail

Information provided by Glen O'Neill.

Meeniyan to Stony Creek Section (3.5kms)
The new 3.5km Meeniyan to Stony Creek section of The Great Southern Rail Trail is now open. Suitable for walking (including prams), all bicycles, horse riding and wheelchairs all year round. The Official Opening of the Meeniyan to Stony Creek section will be in April, 2001.

Walking the new section of the trail.
Walking the new section of the trail.
Cycling the new section of the trail.
Cycling the new section of the trail.

Leongatha to Koonwarra Section (7.5kms)
The 7.5km trail between Leongatha and Koonwarra has been open since October 1998. Suitable for walking (including prams), all bicycles, horse riding and wheelchairs all year round.

A horse and buggy using the trail.
A horse and buggy using the trail.

Stony Creek to Foster Section (22kms)
The trail between Stony Creek and Foster is under construction. Ballast from this section has been moved from Stony Creek towards Fish Creek.

Trail Survey

The Friends of The Great Southern Rail Trail have been conducting a Trail Users Survey to record the total volume of users in order to obtain government funding so that the railtrail can be completed from Leongatha to Foster (over 40kms). Each Trail User was asked to give the date used, an approximate time on the trail and the number of users seen on the trail (walkers, cyclists, etc).

A simple way to conduct a survey - survey sheets are placed in plastic wallets at key points on the trail and a plastic barrel is provided to collect responses. The wallets may also be used for distributing trail brochures and other information.
A simple way to conduct a survey - survey sheets are placed in plastic wallets at key points on the trail and a plastic barrel is provided to collect responses. The wallets may also be used for distributing trail brochures and other information. Photo credit: Alexander McCooke

The results from the Trail Users Survey show that there was an average of 32 users per day on the Leongatha to Koonwarra section and 24 users per day on the new Meeniyan to Stony Creek section. Sunday was the most popular day with over 140 users counted on a Sunday during the survey period.

Further Information

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