by Nathan Johnston

WALKING trails and bike paths are an important part of any community for fitness, leisure and to attract tourists.
That’s why it’s necessary that every community has a share of the action.
Mirboo North has a beauty to Boolarra; Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay are connected by a path along the river and you can ride or walk all the way from Leongatha to Port Welshpool on the Great Southern Rail Trail.
Bass Coast is well serviced with a link from Wonthaggi to Cowes, while work continues to extend the shared pathway in Inverloch.
The big town that’s missing out around here is Korumburra, but hopefully that will change soon.
It’s clear the train ain’t coming back – even staunch train supporter Max Semken said it’s time to focus on improving bus services.
So that means the South Gippsland Shire Council can concentrate all of its attention on funding and attracting grants for the Great Southern Rail Trail extension from Leongatha to Korumburra, and beyond to Loch and Nyora.
There should be no distractions.
The proposed track from Sandy Point to Waratah Bay, on the farm side of the dunes, seems to have reared its head again, but it’s a tad unnecessary given there’s a vast and spectacular beach on which to walk between the two towns.
The Hoddle Trail near Fish Creek is causing angst between a landowner and path users. But if it’s going to cost too much to bring it up to standard, forget it.
Korumburra has to be the top job on the list and the State Government needs to get on board post-haste.
A big cash injection will be required as well, to clean up the mess that the rail land has become under its management.