Funding boost for trail

Updated November 6 2012 - 3:18pm, first published June 16 2010 - 1:28am

THE O'Keefe Rail Trail has been given a $1.9 million boost from the state government and will be extended to Heathcote.Minster for Regional and Rural Development and member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said the $3.2thmillion project was also being funded by the City of Greater Bendigo, which is contributing $1.3 million.Ms Allan said the extension would enhance and complement the existing tourism infrastructure and create jobs.``It will create a significant cycling and walking experience to attract lucrative tourism to the region that will be a great benefit to food, wine and hospitality businesses in the region,'' Ms Allan said.``This boost will facilitate growth in jobs and skills training opportunities, create facilities benefiting residents and visitors, and increase community cohesiveness and pride.``There has been a great wave of support for these rail trails, from cyclists and walkers, as people get the chance to get out and be fit and healthy and enjoy the natural environment.``The popularity of rail trails is growing day by day.''The 24-kilometre extension will be from Axedale to Heathcote.``This funding will help upgrade the track to a level that people are looking for,'' Ms Allan said.The $1.9 million is in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo which is contributing $1.3 million.The state government funding is part of the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund.

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