Maree Edwards MP with members of the community in Campbells Creek.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards MP has announced nearly $1.2 million in funding for the completion of the Castlemaine to Campbells Creek 6km accessible off-road path and trail network.

The community project includes Stage 1, Construction of an accessible path along Campbells-Fryers Road and Stage 2, Construction of the Campbells Creek Walking and Cycling Trail from Princess Street, Campbells Creek to commencement of the existing trail into Castlemaine.

The project was one of 42 initiatives that secured funds in the second round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

Mount Alexander Shire Council, Friends of Campbell Creek Landcare and other members of the community have lobbied hard for this funding and I have enjoyed working with them to achieve it. Congratulations to all involved, this project will go a long way to support the growing number of people in the district keen to get involved in active recreation.

“All those involved in the current section of the trail should be congratulated for their hard work and dedication to creating a healthy, restored environment, that the community can enjoy,” Ms Edwards said.

“I look forward to enjoying a walk along the full trail once it is completed.”

The project is expected to create new full-time jobs during the planning and design phase, and additional jobs when work commences.

By working with local government authorities and sporting clubs and organisations, investment from the second round of the program is expected to create 600 local jobs and drive local economic activity worth more than $180 million.

This investment will support jobs and drive economic recovery through providing a location for many walking groups that visit the region looking to enjoy a proud community asset.

The Victorian Government is making active recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians, so more people can play the sport they love.

A total of 70 projects have benefitted from a share of $178 million from the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program, part of the Government’s $1.05 billion investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.

For more information about the program and details on projects, go to sport.vic.gov.au.

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