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Rokeby to Neerim Trail gets $4M funding upgrade from Victorian government Regional Tourism Investment Fund

The popular Rokeby to Neerim Trail is set for a $4 million upgrade thanks to funding secured by Baw Baw Shire Council through the Victorian government's Regional Tourism Investment Fund (RTIF).

By news@gippsland - 6th October 2022 - Back to News

The RTIF helps fund delivery of high value tourism projects in regional Victoria that activate and revive tourism assets that have a significant impact on the visitor economy. In addition to the $3 million secured through RTIF, council has allocated $1 million towards the project as part of its 2022/23 Capital Works Program.

Council is seeking to improve and extend the existing Rokeby to Neerim trail to create a link to some of Baw Baw’s key historic tourism destinations

Council is seeking to improve and extend the existing Rokeby to Neerim trail to create a link to some of Baw Baw's key historic tourism destinations

Works included in the project

The scope of works included within Stage one of the project are:

  • Upgrades to the existing section of the trail between Rokeby and Crossover
  • Upgrades to the existing roadside trails and connecting missing links from Crossover to the Apex lookout in Neerim
  • Detailed designs and preconstruction work for the extension of the trail to Noojee

The upgrades aim to create a high-quality shared trail that provides excellent user experience, a safe and accessible trail, better connections between communities and more opportunities to engage with local natural vistas and historic sites.

Extending the trail

Following completion of the first stage of works, construction works will be undertaken to extend the trail to the north to create a link to key historic tourism destinations including the Noojee Trestle Bridge, the tallest remaining wooden railway bridge in Victoria, as well as the historic township of Noojee.

These works are subject to additional funding which will be pursued in due course. For more project details including an interactive clickable map of the trail, go to Rokeby to Noojee Trail.

Improve the user experience

Mayor Cr Michael Leaney said, "It's great to see one of our top four advocacy priority projects receive funding to bring this much-loved local trail to its full potential."

"We thank Regional Development Victoria for their investment in Baw Baw and seeing what we already know - that this is a beautiful place to live and visit."

"With greatly improved facilities such as our beloved Rokeby trail, we will draw more people to our towns and improve the user experience for both visitors and locals." Cr Leaney said.

Pictures from Baw Baw Shire Council website.


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