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View some major programs we are working on such as the Castlemaine to Maldon Trail and Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve.

Castlemaine to Maldon Trail

Construction is well underway on an off-road bicycle and walking trail linking Castlemaine and Maldon.

Anticipated completion is mid - late February depending on the weather.

The 17.7 km trail will allow walkers and cyclists to enjoy stunning natural surroundings as they travel alongside the existing Goldfields Railway.

The Castlemaine to Maldon Trail will include some new paths and the use of existing maintenance and access tracks.

During construction people are urged to exercise caution and stay clear of vehicles and heavy equipment working on the trail.

Council awarded the trail construction contract to Bendigo-based McClure Resources Pty Ltd in March 2016.

The budget for the trail construction including project management and contingency is $875,000. The trail is funded under the State Government’s Local Infrastructure Fund.

For more information about the works contact Casey Hearps, Council’s Capital Works Coordinator, on 5471 1700.

Castlemaine outdoor pool redevelopment

The Castlemaine Swimming Pool is 70 years old and is nearing the end of its useful life. Council has acknowledged that the community did not support the development of an aquatic facility at Western Reserve and is now exploring the development of a year round pool facility at the current outdoor pool site.

In November and December 2013, Council held a number of community consultation sessions to receive input from the community as to which services and facilities were important to include on the site.

The results from the community consultation sessions including community survey results have been collated into a report entitled the Castlemaine Outdoor Pool Community Engagement Outcomes Report – January 2014.

The data from this consultation will be taken into account in the next stage which is to consider the feasability of a number of options for a year round pool and other facilities at the site.

Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve

Council has engaged an architect to develop a concept plan to design the multi-use pavilion and netball courts at Wesley Hill on the west side of the reserve. This plan will include a building footprint for the pavilion incorporating all functional requirements, netball courts, car parking, pathways and site levels. The concept plan will be developed in consultation with both the Committees of Management.

Harcourt Township Development Planning


The Harcourt Town Centre Master Plan was completed early in 2011 and is one of the planning documents to address the bypass of the town following the completion of the Calder Freeway in 2009. The Master Plan guides the development of a prosperous and sustainable future for the Harcourt community.

One of the short-term outcomes of the master plan was the development of the Harcourt Landscape Master Plan. Council adopted the plan in 2015. The plan provides a framework to improve the appearance of Harcourt’s town centre, improve its recreational facilities, and improve accessibility and connectivity to create a safer pedestrian environment to link with the outer parts of Harcourt.

Since 2013 Council has implemented a number of projects in Harcourt including:
• Reconnecting Harmony Way and streets in the town centre to accommodate future development;
• Implementing policy changes to the Planning Scheme to accommodate future development;
• Undertaking priority improvements at Harcourt Swimming Pool including upgrading change rooms, painting the three pool shells, installing non-slip surfaces around the pools and in change rooms, and replacing the barbecue and shade sail; and
• Upgrading Binghams Road from gravel to bitumen.

A saline water purification system for Harcourt’s three pools will be commissioned for the 2015/2016 pool season.

New bridges for Newstead and Elphinstone


The bridge on Cemetery Road, Newstead and another on Fryes Road, Elphinstone will be replaced, with works starting in July 2015. The bridges are scheduled for construction over a 12 week period.

The two bridges were identified for replacement following a detailed assessment of the Shire’s bridge network

Detours will be in place during construction works.

The budget for the two projects is $625,000 of which Council will contribute $292,000. The remaining costs are funded through the Victorian Government’s Country Roads and Bridges Initiative.

Council is responsible for the Shire’s bridges and road network, including more than 220 bridges.

Reconstruction works on Richards Road, Castlemaine


Works to repair nearly one kilometre of Richards Road, north and south of the Walker Street intersection, will commence in July 2015 and take more than four months to complete.

The works involve removing the existing road pavement, rehabilitating the base material and laying down a new road surface.

Richards Road was identified as a priority for rehabilitation following a detailed assessment and condition ranking of the road network across the Shire.

This work is being undertaken as part of Council’s ongoing commitment to maintain and repair infrastructure in a timely manner. The project is funded through the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery program.

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