Funding Boost puts Kororoit Creek Trail on the Map
A $650,000 State Government cash injection will help Hobsons Bay City Council build a 3.2km section of the 7.5km missing link of the Kororoit Creek Trail.
Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Peter Hemphill said the funding would contribute to covering the costs to design and construct stages 1, 2 and 3 of the trail between the Princes Highway and Barnes Road, Altona North.
“This new section of trail connects to the north with the Federation Trail and will provide a vital connection through Melbourne’s west, as well as important links for the Altona, Altona North and Brooklyn communities to walk and cycle to work, home or any number of places while avoiding busy roads,” said Cr Hemphill. “This State Government grant comes on top of Toyota Australia’s announcement last year of $1.8 million to build a 2km section of the 7.5km shared trail for pedestrians and cyclists. Council is also awaiting news on a federal government grant from the National Stronger Regions Fund that will allow us to complete the full 7.5km of missing track.
“I’d like to thank the State Government for contributing to this vital link in our trail network – a trail that, once complete, will attract an estimated 5,000 journeys a week by commuters, recreational cyclists and joggers.”
Deputy Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Sandra Wilson said the new section of trail would run through the unique environment of Kororoit Creek.
“Kororoit Creek’s environment has been transformed over the past 10 years thanks to the tireless work of the Hobsons Bay community and particularly the Friends of the Lower Kororoit Creek,” said Cr Wilson.
“The rejuvenation of the creek has resulted in the return of more than 110 species of birds and renewed fish as well as improved water quality and the planting of thousands of native trees. It is also home to the endangered swift parrot.
“We are blessed to have this unique treasure in our own backyard and giving more people the opportunity to explore it through sustainable means is a win-win for everyone.”
State Member for Altona Jill Hennessy said the grant highlighted the Andrews Government’s commitment to helping communities build the facilities they need. “This is a vital project for Melbourne’s West, one which will improve access to open space and increase opportunities for physical activity and social connectedness across our whole community.”
“The Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is giving communities all over Victoria the state-of-the-art sport and recreation facilities we promised.”
“I’d like to congratulate Hobsons Bay City Council for their ongoing advocacy and hard work on this project, as well as the Friends of the Lower Kororoit Creek for the immense difference they have made to the creek and the local environment.”
“The Andrews Government is listening to communities, who say they need better sport and recreation facilities to attract more members and grow.”
Council is in discussions with Transurban regarding any potential impact the proposed Western Distributor Project will have on the trail. Work on the trail will begin later this year