THE South Gippsland Shire Council was ready and waiting for the $1.3 million Great Southern Rail Trail funding announcement, and is wasting no time with the physical work required, calling for tenders in the weekend’s major newspapers.
While it’s only 2.6km of the trail which now spans 67km, it’s the most important. When the three old bridges over the Tarwin River have been rebuilt, the trail will link Leongatha to Port Welshpool, and all the towns in between.
The council is also serious about maximising the rail trail’s potential to attract visitors to the area, and is preparing a Marketing and Promotion Plan.
The State Government anticipates the trail will generate $1.9 million every year for the local economy, but if it’s promoted properly, and businesses along the line can tap into it, the opportunities will be endless.
There’s really no limit to the type of tourists who’ll appreciate the facility, from backpackers to adventure groups, and family holiday makers.
The 2.6km stretch will be the most scenic of the entire journey.
Instead of the death defying ride on a narrow and winding section of the South Gippsland Highway, trail users will delight in the river crossings, the natural bush and hills.
While the sheer beauty of the area will be enough for some, there are many more opportunities that will make the experience even better for our visitors.
To have your say about how we can maximise this truly incredible asset at our doorstep, have your say at next week’s community forums in Leongatha, Meeniyan, Fish Creek and Foster.
Making the most of the trail – SENTINEL-TIMES COMMENT