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$250,000 Rail Trail Funding Boost

$250,000 Rail Trail Funding Boost
20 February 2018

The City of Mount Gambier welcomes a $250,000 State Government funding boost to complete stage three of the Rail Trail project.

South Australian Planning Minister Hon John Rau approved a Planning and Development Fund grant which will enable Council to complete the entire project over the next two financial years.

"The shared walking and cycling pathway will extend the trail from Jubilee Highway West to Wandilo Road and past Pick Avenue to Jubilee Highway East, to link with a walking track at Blue Lake Sports Park, a total of 2.6 kilometres of extra pathway as part of stage three of the project,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said.

“Council will match the State Government contribution of $250,000 in next financial year’s budget and we’re very happy that we will soon complete the project and enable people to walk or ride through the city.”

Council is currently working on stage two of the project which includes the section of the trail from White Avenue through to Jubilee Highway West which is expected to be completed by late April 2018.

“Work has been ongoing over the past couple of months and the first section of pathway from White Avenue to Commercial Street should be completed and open for use in the coming weeks,” Mayor Lee said.

Council also received $40,000 as part of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) State Government Bicycle Funding program to assist with providing linkages to the existing rail trail through to Hastings Cunningham Reserve/Shepherdson Road area.

“These linkages will be completed in the coming months as part of stage two of the project.”