Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Morrison Government to fund their fair share of the Macedon Ranges Trails Project.
“The Victorian State Government has committed $8.75 million towards the first stage project and I’d like to see the Federal Government step in and help with the second stage,” Chesters said.
“The local tourism industry is one of the hardest hit in this pandemic, so it is vital that we invest in infrastructure which encourages visitors to our great region,” Chesters said.
The first stage of the trail will link Woodend to Macedon, Macedon to New Gisborne and New Gisborne to Riddells Creek.
Further funding is required for the second stage of the project, linking Daylesford to Woodend, Kyneton and Hanging Rock.
“This is a prime opportunity for the Federal Government to assist with recovery beyond COVID-19 restrictions,” Chesters said.
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 local businesses, which will also benefit from this investment through increased visitation to the region and job creation through the building works,” Chesters said.
“This 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.
State Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas said The Macedon Ranges Trail Project will create local jobs, support our local businesses and provide fantastic experience for locals and visitors.
“We need to be investing in projects now that will not only help our local economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic but will benefit our community into the future.
“A trail that connects Daylesford to Hanging Rock, and all the way through to Riddells Creek will be a great asset for our community, while providing a new experience to attract visitors back to our region when it is safe to do so.”