The official opening of the Nyora to Leongatha section of the Great Southern Rail Trail was held on Saturday, 1 April. The well-organised event involved a 36km ride from Nyora to Leongatha, with free food along the way! Breakfast, courtesy of the Nyora Men’s Shed, was provided at Nyora, morning tea at Jeetho, then a BBQ lunch by the Korumburra Lions Club, and a full-on afternoon tea in the hall at Ruby by the local CWA. A free shuttle bus was provided for riders who didn’t want to ride back.
The ceremony at Loch station was performed by the Victorian Minister for Regional Development, Harrient Shing, and the mayor of South Gippsland Shire, Nathan Hersey. John Birrell and Alexander McCooke attended from Rail Trail Australia.
The event was well attended despite the forecast for showers. In fact the rain held off and there was even some sunshine in the afternoon.