The Opposition has promised to build a new walking and cycling trail connecting Bendigo to Murchison if elected in November.
Member for Euroa and deputy leader of the Nationals Steph Ryan on Wednesday pledged $2.51 million for the project.
Once built, walkers and cyclists will be able to travel from Murchison and ride or walk to Bendigo via Rushworth and Heathcote.
Ms Ryan said the trail is expected to attract 34,000 visitors each year and will create 17 new full-time jobs.
The first eight kilometres of the trail from Murchison was completed in March 2015.
“The walking and cycling trail will complete the missing link from Murchison to Rushworth,” Ms Ryan said.
“The trail will also be extended through the box iron bark forest to Heathcote where it will pick up the O’Keeffe trail to Bendigo.
“This plan has been on the cards now for more than a decade and I want to make it happen.”
The Victorian election is on November 24.
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