THE Great Southern Rail Trail, which spans a mighty 72km of South Gippsland countryside, was officially relaunched on Saturday, November 23.
Parts of the track have slowly been updated and upgraded over several years.
Now the entire length of the track is ready for public use.
Ned Dennis, Community Strengthening coordinator at the South Gippsland Shire, said that the relaunch was to let the community know the trail is ready for riding.
“A lot of works have taken place on parts of the trail over the past few years. There’s a new stretch of trail from Foster to Port Welshpool, and there was a particular section of the trail between Koonwarra and Meeniyan fixed that means riders no longer have to ride on the road.
“You can ride safely on the trail from beginning to end.”
Saturday’s launch was also an opportunity to unveil the new look logo for the Great Southern Rail Trail.
“We’re working with towns to have new bike racks installed in all the townships that the trail passes through.”
Present at the relaunch on Saturday was newly elected South Gippsland mayor, Ray Argento, and Eastern Victoria MP Harriet Shing.
Ms Shing commended the council and the community for their work on the trail.
“This trail is a project that requires total buy-in from the community, and that’s what we’ve got,” Ms Shing said.
“There was nothing to stop this project from becoming a reality.”
The Fish Creek section of the trail passes through lush farms for 12.4km, and takes the rider on a gentle climb towards Foster.
In total, the trail covers 72km of South Gippsland, from Leongatha to Port Welshpool.