GREAT VALLEY TRAIL
The full length of the Great Valley Trail from Bright to Harrietville is now open and got plenty of use over the holidays!
The trail is a 26km sealed, family friendly trail that connects Bright to Harrietville.
The final bridge near the Trout Farm has been opened and the asphalt finished.
Edge reinstatement, re-vegetation, and final clean up works will happen in coming months, weather permitting.
Thank you to all that have worked on the trail. This has been a large, complex project and wouldn’t be where it is now without the continued support from the community, partner land managers and statutory authorities.
The head contractor on the project, North East Civil Construction, has worked hard through some extremely wet weather to get this project opened and we thank them for their efforts!
In a true collaboration, this project would not have been possible without $1.3 million in funding from the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund and $800,000 from Sport and Recreation Victoria.
Sustainability Victoria’s Sustainable Infrastructure Fund provided $300,000 to upgrade the trail surface from spray seal to asphalt with a higher proportion of recycled material.
Approximately 350 tonnes of glass and rubber was redirected from landfill and recycled to be included in the asphalt surface of the trail. This equates to 15% of the asphalt consisting of recycled materials, significantly higher than the 7 to 10% normally used on roads.
The project also received $250,000 from Regional Roads Victoria for the guardrail along the section of the trail that runs alongside the Great Alpine Road.