Great Southern Rail Trail to “bridge” the gap (Gippsland)

V24-010 Black Spur bridges announcement 2014-10 DSC 0046 300
Joining Mr Ryan at the announcement were The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien, Bruce Beatson, Cr Mohya Davies and South Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin.

The Deputy Premier of the Victorian Government, Mr Peter Ryan, has announced that there would be $1.3M funding for the 2.6 km section of the Great Southern Rail Trail between Koonwarra and Meeniyan. Along with $560,000 from the South Gippsland Shire Council this funding will allow three bridges to be restored and or constructed to join the two sections of the rail trail together.

The need to address this gap was noted by Rail Trail Connections earlier this year. The funding is great news and will create a continuous 69km rail trail from what is practically two separate rail trails at the moment, allowing the Great Southern Rail Trail to achieve its full potential.

Funding for the project has been signed off and tenders will be let shortly. The project will be carried out in two stages involving the reconstruction of two bridges and construction of a new 146m bridge across the Tarwin River.

It is planned to have this very scenic section of the trail open by December 2015.

More details and map on the rail trail here.

V24-458 Koonwarra Bridge 3 looking north 2008-06 5061 660
One of the two bridges to be reconstructed. The Tarwin River is beyond the cutting.
V24-458 Koonwarra Bridge 2 looking north 2008-06 5066 660
The long bridge over the Tarwin River closest to Koonwarra
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