The $1 billion Regional Growth Fund will connect the Warragul CBD to community facilities, residential developments and the neighbouring town of Drouin by a shared pushbike and footpath, Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood announced today.
In Warragul representing Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan, Mr Blackwood said the project would provide an off-road link between residential developments and Western Park Oval, schools, the Warragul Railway Station precinct, CBD and sporting infrastructure to Warragul’s south-east.
“The project will build a shared cycle way and footpath extension of the existing Two Towns trail, a seven kilometre off-road pathway, linking Drouin to Warragul,” Mr Blackwood said.
“The trail currently ends on the western edge of Warragul’s existing developed area and building the 600 metre trail extension will connect commuters to Rotary Park and to Warragul’s CBD via existing paths.
“The trail connection will provide a vital link from Warragul’s Waterford Rise estate to Rotary Park, the CBD and sporting facilities to the south.
“The project also includes redeveloping Rotary Park as the trail’s new start and end point.
“This will see removal of currently outdated play equipment, installation of new playground equipment, development of pathways to better connect surrounding housing to the park and Trail, landscaping, installation of park benches, bike racks and signage.”
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government funding for the $429,000 Linking Warragul’s Community Assets project would be provided through the Regional Growth Fund to Baw Baw Shire Council, which will contribute $80,000 along with $40,000 from the Warragul Rotary Club.
“The Regional Growth Fund is investing in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.
“Since it was established in 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has delivered more than $400 million, generating well over $1.6 billion of total investment across almost 1500 projects.”
“In Baw Baw Shire, the Regional Growth Fund has provided more than $9.6 million to 42 projects, leveraging about $33.5 million in total investment. Those projects include $1.2 million for the $12.7 million Leisure Centre Project, $460,000 for the $996,000 Flavorite Water Efficiency Project in Warragul and $100,000 for the $200,000 Phoenix St, Warragul Drainage Upgrade.”
The Linking Warragul’s Community Assets project is expected to be completed in June 2015.