Labor Commits to Invest in Daylesford to Hanging Rock Rail Trail

A Shorten Labor Government would invest $5 million in a new tourist bike trail through the heart of the central highlands region.

The Daylesford to Hanging Rock Rail Trail will pass through a range of beautiful landscapes and become a major tourism attraction for the region.

The trail will build upon the region’s well-established health and wellness reputation, providing an opportunity for tourists and locals to get outdoors and enjoy the region’s unique beauty.

Specifically, the trail will pass through Daylesford, Musk, Bullarto, Lyonville, Trentham, Carlsruhe and Woodend, providing an enticing tourism opportunity accessible by public transport and only an hour from Melbourne Airport.

Projected to attract 62,500 visitors per year, this project will deliver an economic benefit of $4.1 million annually to towns across the region.

This includes for local businesses, which will also benefit from this investment through increased visitation to the region.

This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan for the local infrastructure communities need, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.

Investing in this rail trail will make it easier for locals and tourists to enjoy the natural beauty of our region, improving public amenities and tourism offerings at the same time.

The $5 million in funding would be sourced from Labor’s $260 million National Bike Paths Strategy, the largest ever investment in shared pathways from the Federal Government.

This project has already been identified by the Hepburn and Macedon Shire Councils as priorities and a Shorten Labor Government will ensure they are delivered.

Federal Labor has listened to locals across the region and looks forward to working with the community and the Hepburn and Macedon Shire Councils to ensure the region has the world-class shared pathway network it deserves.