Baillieu/Ryan Government To Support Bushwalking

Baillieu/Ryan Government To Support Bushwalking

Victoria Shadow Minister for Regional & Rural Development Peter Ryan

Victorian Coalition To Extend Grampians Peak Trail

Victor P Taffa

A Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will provide $1.2 Million to extend the Popular Grampians Peak Trail, Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said today.

Making the Announcement in Halls Gap with local Nationals Member Hugh Delahunty, Mr Ryan said the Coalition’s commitment will put Parks Victoria one step closer to extending the trail to its full 148 km from Mt. Zero, through Halls Gap to Dunkeld, which would take walkers about 14 days to complete.

“The Coalition will fund the Planning and Development of the next stage from Borough Huts through to Lake Bellfield, around Mt. William to Mafeking. It will also fund start-up costs and construction of the trail towards Mt. William.” Mr. Ryan said.

 

“This project will further enhance the great reputation of the Grampians National Park and Halls Gap as a major tourist drawcard and attract many more visitors to the region in the future.”

Mr. Ryan said the completed track would run from Mt. Zero to Halls Gap and follow the Mt. William Range to Signal Peak, Mt Abrupt and on to Mt. Sturgeon, giving bushwalkers a range of experiences, topography, and environments.

“Bushwalkers of all ages and fitness levels trekking the Grampians Peak Trail will be able to take in the breathtaking scenery while walking either the shorter loops or the whole length of the track.” Mr. Ryan said.

Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said the completion of the trail would ensure the Grampians Peak Trail would become one of Victoria’s four Wild Walks as identified by Tourism Victoria and would open up the area to a range of bushwalkers wishing to experience the vast grandeur of the Grampians.

“The trail will also be built to protect against bushfires by constructing the track’s facilities out of durable materials including stone and steel.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“Stage one of the Grampians Peak Trail from Halls Gap to Borough Huts Campground is expected to be completed in the next two years, with the entire trail likely to be completed within five years with appropriate funding.”

“The Grampians National Park is one of Victoria’s best-kept secrets and the Coalition’s $1.2 Million commitment will ensure everyone can experience the many natural wonders of the Grampians and surrounding areas.” Mr. Delahunty said.

 

Hugh Delahunty Member for Rowan

Hugh Delahunty Member for Lowan