New pathway through National Park open

The City of Greater Bendigo has completed construction of a new $320,000, 2.3 kilometre long and 2.5 metre wide shared pathway through the Greater Bendigo National Park in Strathfieldsaye and Junortoun.

City of Greater Bendigo Engineering Manager Brett Martini said residents now have access to the new path from Sullivans Road, Watson Drive, Turners Road and McIvor Forest Drive.

“It’s not only a great asset for people to move around off road throughout the area but it also builds on the City’s extensive path network,” Mr Martini said.

“The new path links new residential growth in Junortoun with Strathfieldsaye primary schools and the Strathfieldsaye community with the Catherine McAuley College. 

“It also enables the Junortoun community to safely access Strathfieldsaye sporting facilities by bike or on foot.

“The path also links with existing off road shared paths in Strathfieldsaye and the existing shared path that links Catherine McAuley College with Cousins Street in Strathdale.”

The construction of the new path was supported by Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise who contributed $50,000 towards the project. It was also supported by Parks Victoria and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans.

Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise Treasurer Dennis Johanson, said after many years in the making, he is very happy to see the path completed and already getting lots of use by local residents for both recreation and active travel to school.

“Strathfieldsaye and District Community Enterprise are proud to advocate for and support projects that promote stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities. This path provides a key link for the communities in Junortoun and Strathfieldsaye that encourages physical activity, opportunities for connection with other local residents and time outdoors,” Mr Johanson said.

Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger Karen Doyle said Parks Victoria is really pleased to see so many people using the new path and enjoying this part of the Greater Bendigo National Park.

“Bendigo is fortunate to be surrounded by a fantastic network of parks. Spending time in nature is great for our physical and mental health and this path makes it easier for people to experience the park,” Ms Doyle said.

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