Thursday, 8 November 2018

Visitors to the Gippsland Plains are in for a treat, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to invest in a scenic trail that will create jobs and boost tourism in the region.

The 63 kilometre Gippsland Plains Rail Trail extends from Traralgon to Stratford, passing through the dairy country and offering panoramic views across the region.

Over the past decade, hard working committee members and volunteers have removed ballast and carried out maintenance to make the trail a reality.

Those taking on the trail catch the train to either end and as they travel, they make their way through some of the best restaurants, wineries and shops the Gippsland region has to offer.

Realising the opportunities the trail can deliver a re-elected Labor Government will invest $1 million to make the trail bigger and better.

Funding will go towards the Cowwarr to Dawson section of the trail including the construction of the Thomson River Bridge and three kilometres of trail. It will also see the completion of the Princes Highway to Marshalls Road trail section, including the car park, track sealing, and upgrade works.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“Dedicated volunteers have worked incredibly hard to make the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail a reality.”

“Only Labor will make sure it gets finished for young and old from Victoria and afar to enjoy.”

Quote attributable for Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“Labor’s investment will provide more ways for locals and visitors to experience Gippsland’s unique natural beauty and history, and create more local jobs through a stronger tourist economy.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Morwell Mark Richards

“The Gippsland Rail Trail not only provides an experience of a lifetime – with fantastic food, wine and natural attractions it supports local people, and Labor’s support will take it to a whole other level.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Gippsland East Mark Reeves

“This community-driven project will attract more visitors to experience the best of Gippsland, boosting jobs and the region’s economy.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Gippsland South Denise Ryan

“With Labor’s support I can’t wait to see the fantastic Gippsland Plains Rail Trail grow, bringing even more people to our region.”