Wednesday 21 August 2019

Works are underway on a new $8.5 million walking and cycling trail in the Yarra Valley thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriett Shing today visited the site where construction on the first 7.5km of the trail has started.

The project received $2.5 million from the Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level.

The project will create an 11.5km safe and accessible walking and cycling trail for all ages, connecting Lilydale to Yarra Glen.

It will link to a broader 40km network of trails, joining up with the Warburton Rail Trail and intersect with several visitor destinations to provide a range of benefits to communities within the Yarra Valley.

The project will be delivered by the Yarra Ranges Council, which has contributed $2.5 million towards the project.

This project is also supported by a $2.5 million grant from the Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund and $1 million from the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership.

The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $17 million into the Yarra Ranges Shire Council for 15 projects.

More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at  

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek

“The Growing Suburbs Fund delivers key community projects that make a big difference in the day-to-day lives of outer suburban communities.”

“We are helping – communities like those in the Yarra Valley get the vital community facilities they need so they can continue to thrive as the population increases.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing 

“This new trail will provide link up the Yarra Valley as well as provide a fun activity for residents and visitors alike.”

“It’s great to see the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provide for our booming communities on the outskirts of our city such as those within the Yarra Valley.”