“Are you ready for the rail trail extension?” article in last week’s Sentinel-Times deserves some comment.
Disappointingly, the tourist train with rail trail option has, of course, been scuttled and maybe the return of passenger train services remains a future possibility, but many (including me) look forward to using the trail for bike riding, walking etc.
The article mentions the Great Southern Rail Trail to run from Cranbourne to Yarram, but recent information is that Cardinia and Wellington Shires no longer support the rail trail extension.
One innovative proposition was for a trail to make use of the work to be done on the Marinus undersea electricity connector between Tasmania and Victoria. It’s land-based path is to run from Waratah Bay/Sandy Point through to Morwell via Meeniyan and Mirboo North areas.
A rail trail from the Latrobe Valley through the scenic hills, to intersect near Meeniyan with the GSRT and provide a trail to the seaside is worth considering. Adding to that, the fact that much of the Marinus construction work could be utilised and combined with possible government grants could provide a good result for all.
Steve Finlay, Leongatha.