Walking, running or cycling on the O’Keefe Rail Trail in northern Victoria, it may seem that nothing new has been happening on the popular 50km trail. The reality can be quite different.
The Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail group has a keen focus on ensuring that the O’Keefe Rail Trail remains safe and attractive, and provides input to the City of Greater Bendigo council for assessment of issues and improvements. From such input, council contractors have recently been upgrading sections of the trail’s older surfaces in the Junortoun and Heathcote areas.
To assist council with trail improvements, members of the Friends group recently held a working bee. A new road meant that a short trail section that used to have to share with vehicle access would no longer have to do so. As a result, a trail gate and fence were moved to the formal start/end of the rail trail. The gate is now at the intersection with Pink Cliffs Rd in Heathcote.
With a new ‘Whistle Post’ rail trail sign having recently been installed at the Pink Cliffs Rd site by the Friends’ members, this relocated gate and fence will now help add trail identity as well as provide a noticeable barrier for non-conforming vehicle access.
It is the ambition of this community Friends group that from this Pink Cliffs Rd location, the trail will be extended further eastwards along the former railway reserve and become part of the proposed Wallan to Heathcote Rail Trail once funding is secured.