Funding at last to complete the Murchison Rushworth Rail Trail
Posted on 13/03/22
Finally the funding ducks have aligned to enable completion of the Murchsion Rushworth Rail Trail in Central Victoria.
For many years local community members have sought ways to extend the trail, which starts in Murchison and ends at the municipal boundary. In recent months we have seen some significant funding announcements by the Shire of Campaspe (which was successful in gaining $1.5m funding through Local Roads and Community Infrastructure initiative) and Damian Drum (the local Federal member, who announced an additional $1.5m). It is very exciting that construction of the 11km from the municipal boundary to the historic town of Rushworth will finally complet this important rail trail.
The planning and design for this trail section is nearly done, with engineering reports for the existing bridges expected. The construction is expected to start soon with the target date for completion is mid 2023.
This rail trail will then draw local trail enthusiasts’ attention to the next stage, Rushworth to Heathcote. This, while not following a rail line route, will be a gravel trail through Box Ironbark forests, will be project that involves the City of Greater Bendigo and Campaspe Shire, working with The department of Environment Land Water and Planning. The cost/trail distance will be comparatively less given the trail will mostly make use of existing trails through the Graytown forest.
The Rushworth community is starting to plan for activation of the trail for when the Rushworth -Murchison section is finished, and they have an active facebook group called the Waranga Rail Trail Friends.