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Saturday, 18 March 2017

GOLDFIELDS HISTORIC RAIL TRAIL OPEN FOR VISITORS

The Castlemaine to Maldon Walking and Cycling Trail is officially open for use, giving visitors yet another reason to head to Victoria’s historic goldfields region.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, today joined representatives from Mount Alexander Shire Council to open the trail and hear how the project will improve community wellbeing and boost the economy.

The trail runs from Castlemaine to Maldon Station and runs parallel to the heritage Victorian Goldfields Railway, which attracts tourists and train enthusiasts from all over.

The trail will run for 17.7km along the railway corridor, connecting Mt Alexander Shire’s two largest towns and contributing to the shire’s popular walking and cycling network.

The Castlemaine to Maldon Walking and Cycling Trail is a key initiative of Mount Alexander Shire Council’s efforts to improve and increase walking and cycling in the Shire.

By improving the tourist offering in the Goldfields region, more people will come to stay in local towns, spending money in the local business and helping to boost the economy.

The trail will also enhance the Victorian Goldfields Railway’s ability to create new and exciting events, such as a “race the train” competition, that will help to attract even more people to the region.

The Victorian Government provided $800,000 towards the total project cost of $1,011,000.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“The Castlemaine to Maldon Walking and Cycling Trail will allow locals and visitors to enjoy our stunning natural surroundings as they travel alongside the historic Goldfields Railway.”

“Victoria’s beautiful natural terrain and picturesque trails makes it just the place for visitors from all over Australia to come and cycle. That’s good news for local hotels, restaurants and small businesses.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“Worldwide, cycling trail tourism is growing at a phenomenal rate and the historic Goldfields region is well positioned to welcome the growing number of domestic and international visitors.”

 

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