RAIL TRAIL & MOUNTAIN BIKE TRACK UPGRADES TO BE DELIVERED IN MAJOR TOURISM BOOST
Thursday, 18 March 2021
The enviable tourism offerings of the Great Victorian Rail Trail, Blue Gums to Eildon Rail Trail and Mt Buller MTB have been given a boost, with the Andrews Labor Government committing at total of $4,970,000 towards these regional tourism attractions.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes welcomed funding of these critical projects for the region as part of the $46 million Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round aimed at delivering a charge to the visitor economy while we continue our steady recovery from the global pandemic.
$1,200,000 for the Great Victorian Rail Trail Art Installations and Signage Project includes creation of large scale ‘x-factor’ art installations along the trail that will boost new and repeat visitors. Signage upgrades from Tallarook to Mansfield and Alexandra will provide interpretation along the route and also guide users into town centres to support economic activity and local business.
$2,000,000 for Mt Buller MTB for a once-in-a-generation redevelopment of 70+ kilometres of Mt Buller’s and Mt Stirling’s existing mountain bike trails resulting in a modernised trail experience with the potential to attract increased visitation from Victorian, interstate and international travellers.
Blue Gums to Eildon Rail Trail, Alexandra project will receive $1,770,000 that will connect tourists and cyclists from the tourist precincts and Outdoor Education Centre to Eildon townships and businesses.
The Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round will support the development of 30 projects across the state.
It forms part of the $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package and delivers the first infrastructure outcome of the program after the resounding success of the Melbourne and regional travel voucher schemes.
To see a complete list of projects supported by the fund’s stimulus round, visit djpr.vic.gov.au/significant-projects/regional-tourism-investment-fund
Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes
“Our A-grade tourism offering will go to the next level with these exciting works.”
“The government is well aware of the impacts of coronavirus on the tourism sector – that’s why we are investing to ensure it continues to rebound.”
“These works will provide crucial jobs in construction while bolstering our region’s tourism appeal and bolstering jobs into the future.”