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Trail improvements along Forest Creek

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Thursday 28 May 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council will soon start works to upgrade a stretch of the Forest Creek Trail to improve access for the community, provide opportunities for recreation and better connect the local trail network.

The trail upgrade will begin at the southern end of Urquhart Street and run along Forest Creek behind the Castlemaine Tennis Club Courts to Hargraves Street.

Along with the trail upgrade, the project also includes construction of an accessible ramp and new crossing on Hargraves Street to provide safer access to Western Reserve. This will link to a new section of asphalt and gravel footpath beside the Western Reserve carpark.

“This project will improve access to town for those travelling on foot or by bike, in a wheelchair or mobility scooter or with a pram,” said Jess Howard, Director Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The path creates safer off-road access and improved linkage through town of our three trail networks along Forest Creek, Barkers Creek and Campbells Creek,” said Ms Howard.

The works will start next week and will take around four weeks to complete. A section of Forest Street Trail will be closed to the public while the works are underway.

Traffic management will be in place during the construction of the Hargraves Street crossing. Road users can expect temporary delays.

“Council has led a number of projects in recent years to better link our tracks and trails, and make it even easier for people to get out and about and get active,” she said.

The State Government’s Healthy Heart of Victoria (HHV) has generously funded the project, following on from their funding last year of the Forest Street crossing near Camp Reserve.

“The aim of HHV is to get more people more active, more often. This is a great example of how different levels of government can work together for positive outcomes for our community,” said Ms Howard.

Council will also replace a stretch of asphalt footpath along Forest St between Hargraves Street and the Forest St Discount Traders in mid-June. The project will also include refurbishment of the gravel path that leads into the Western Reserve.

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