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Regional Trail Projects
Increased funding towards regional trail projects and building the missing links in our trail networks.
Hobsons Bay offers several shared user pathways or trails for walking and cycling that pass through the diverse and unique natural environments within Hobsons Bay. Getting out and active in nature is an important component of health and wellbeing that Council supports.
The key trails in Hobsons Bay include the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail, the Skeleton Creek Trail, the Laverton Creek Trail and the Kororoit Creek Trail, which form a network traversing north south, east and west across Hobsons Bay. These trails interconnect with each other intermittently and support the regional provision of shared user pathways. These trails also connect with on-road bike paths and pedestrian footpaths to complement the network to enable access to facilities and services that support education, employment and recreation. Federation Trail, which is located along the northern boundary of Hobsons Bay, provides a critical east west connection, which also links to the Hobsons Bay trails network.
A number of gaps remain with these trail which impacts the functionality of the trails and the user experience. While each trail offers its own unique recreational and environmental value, these trails, if fully connected to each other and to larger trails across metro Melbourne, such as the Federation Trail, have strong capacity to serve as a key transport mode. Closing these gaps would be impactful at a regional level as it would provide increased opportunities for use through increased length and the provision of loops.
As detailed in the Western Regional Trails Strategy, improving safety of the trails is also a key gap to be resolved. Improving wayfinding signage, eliminating on-road segments, increasing width of the trails and providing line markings will all contribute to the improved safety on these trails.
What is required?
- State Government funding of approximately $800,000 for completion the outstanding sections on the Skeleton Creek Trail in Seabrook.
- State Government funding of approximately $12.5 million for the completion of the Kororoit Creek Trail from Barnes Road to Cherry Lake, Altona. These two remaining sections will complete the regional Kororoit Creek Trail from Melton Shire to the Port Phillip Bay. (The cost is subject to detailed design with the majority of the costs associated with providing crossings of regional rail lines, main gas and petroleum lines and waterways).
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Closes: Midnight Monday 8 October 2018