One of Australia’s longest and most heavily used rail trails is being extended by a further 30 kilometres.
The first new stretch will link tourist towns Beechworth and Yackandandah at a cost of $5.2 million. It will be open by Autumn 2021 and stretch 25 kilometres. A further five kilometres from Yackandandah to Osborne’s Flat will follow.
This is part of the Victorian Government’s $12 million North East Victoria Cycling Optimisation (NEVCO).
According to a media release from the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, construction of the new trail is expected to create 34 jobs and when completed next year, it is estimated that more than 7,600 additional visitors will use the trail annually. It is expected to create 28 ongoing jobs and generate an extra $3.1 million of visitor expenditure in the region.