Work has finished on Stage 2 of the Wahgunyah to Lake Moodemere cycling trail, much to the delight of the Wahgunyah Progress Association.
Indigo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor opened the 2.3km second stage last Friday, April 27.
“This section of the trail takes you through magnificent red gum flats to the Murray River,” Cr O’Çonnor said.
“It is a special part of Wahgunyah and the only area in the Shire that links with the Murray River.”
Cr O’Connor said the growth of walking and cycling as a recreational activity had been significant in recent years, particularly for families, and this new section of shared pathway would be a strong drawcard for all users.
The trail was identified as a key project in the Hume Region Significant Tracks and Trails Strategy 2014-2023. Stage 1 involved constructing the pathway from Blanche Street to the Recreation Reserve gateway, completing the river loop trail.
“Council extended the trail network in 2011 with external funds and again in 2017 with Council funds,” she said.
“All works since 2012 have been completed using Council funds, with $250,000 allocated for the construction and design of Stage 2.
“I am pleased to report this part of the project was completed well within budget, and we are planning a further 1.4km of shared pathway for Stage 3, which will extend the trail to Lake Moodemere Reserve.”
Cr O’Connor acknowledged the support of adjoining landholders, the Wahgunyah Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, the Yorta Yorta Nations Aboriginal Corporation and the Willows Reserve Committee of Management.
Wahgunyah Progress Association President Alan Pleitner said the trail was a welcome boost to the area.
“We have been wanting this extension for a long time,” he said.
“We are now waiting for some more funding to do the next bit because I have always envisioned that we would go to the gate of Lake Moodemere,” Mr Pleitner said.
“We are very pleased, council have done a great job.”
Pleased resident Robert Kleinert was impressed with the track after inspecting the trail on his morning walk before the opening.
“It will be great for people who like to go on walks and will get people outdoors and exercising,” he said.
“It will be great to see it go all the way to the lake, be a long walk though.”