For information about the recent $8.75 million funding announcement for this project, see Funding for rail trail.
The Macedon Ranges community has increasingly sought the provision of safe walking and cycling opportunities.
Council has responded to this community desire with a key action of the recent 2017-2027 Council Plan to: “invest $1.1 million in planning, renewing and building new footpaths and cycling paths to improve access and community connections”.
The Macedon Ranges Shared Trails Feasibility Studies project forms part of this Council investment, and has considered a number of opportunities for shared trails throughout the Macedon Ranges and on to Daylesford (Council's border at Tylden). Trail map(PDF, 10MB)
The studies explore and make recommendations for the development of enjoyable and safe shared-use trail links between major towns in the region, designed to encourage cycling, walking and running for people across a range of abilities.
The studies include costs to develop and maintain, as well as outlining staged components that are future project ready for the two identified trail components:
- Daylesford (from our border at Tylden) to Woodend, Kyneton and Hanging Rock
- Woodend to Macedon, New Gisborne and Riddells Creek
Public exhibition of the draft studies earlier in 2019 provided overwhelming support for the development of shared trails in the Macedon Ranges, with all feedback received being assessed and used to guide the final studies.
Broad consultation with community group stakeholders, land owners and managers, authorities and the Macedon Ranges community was a key component in developing the studies and Council would like to thank all involved for their interest and input.
Council resolved, at its meeting on 28 August 2019, to endorse both studies and to commence advocacy and funding efforts for the staged implementation and development of the trails.
Once funded, further consultation will occur on the detailed design of final trail components and alignments.
In the interim, Council officers are always available to discuss any aspect of the trail feasibility work being undertaken.
For more information, call Michelle Nolte on (03) 5422 0333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org