Inspired by the success of the 5km Rokeby to Crossover Rail Trail, Baw Baw Council is forging ahead with $4million in trail improvements following the completion of its cycling feasibility study. Stage one of the project will see upgrades to the Rokeby to Crossover Rail Trail, the 10km off-road path from there to Neerim and to the Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail.
The aim is to create a high-quality, shared-use trail that provides an excellent user experience with incredible views of the countryside from several vantage points while also providing sheltered sections through ferned forest gullies. Council secured $3 million through the Victorian Government Regional Tourism Investment and has allocated $1 million from its own funds towards the project.
The works included in stage one are:
Upgrades to the existing trail between Rokeby and Crossover this summer.
Upgrading and connecting existing roadside paths from Crossover to the Apex Park in Neerim next spring and summer.
Detailed design and pre-construction work for stage two, a 28km extension of the trail to Noojee, home of the tallest remaining wooden trestle bridge in Victoria.
The proposed route for stage two, to be called the Rokeby to Noojee Trail, is a mix of existing trails and off-road paths (which will be upgraded), new off-road paths and on-road bike lanes, with associated crossings, boardwalks, signage, safety elements and associated infrastructure. The final route will be influenced by the available road reserve widths and conditions, suitability of alignments, vegetation removal permit requirements, cultural heritage requirements and access to land.
Construction will be subject to funding by council, state and federal bodies. Much of the rail corridor for the branch line from Warragul to Noojee is now in private hands.