The Traralgon-Morwell Shared Pathway is nearly finished with the final stages now under construction along Old Melbourne Road and Alexanders Road.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $1.6 million in Federal Government funding for the pathway project as part of its $20 million investment in community infrastructure following the closure of Hazelwood Power Station.
Mr Chester said the 10-kilometre pathway would provide safe and accessible exercise opportunities for walkers, joggers and cyclists.
“Work is now concentrated on the Old Melbourne Road and Alexanders Road sections, which are the final two sections still to be done,” Mr Chester said.
“The construction of boardwalks along Old Melbourne Road is reaching its final stages, while construction of the pathway is complete along Princes Drive and Crinigan Road, Morwell and Kay Street, Traralgon.”
Mr Chester said he knew users would be pleased to see the results when the full length of the pathway was finished and ready for use.
“The pathway will improve connectivity between two of Latrobe Valley’s major towns,” Mr Chester said.
“Encouraging Gippslanders to get more active, more often is a passion of mine. Investing in better facilities on public land is good for tourism and the liveability of our local communities.”
The Traralgon-Morwell Shared Pathway is jointly funded by the Federal Government ($1.6 million) and the Victorian Government ($2.95 million). Latrobe City Council is delivering the project.
The project is due to be completed early next year.
The Federal Government has also supported upgrades of other recreation facilities in the Latrobe Valley, including at the Morwell Recreation Reserve, which has new netball courts, a pavilion for netballers and cricketers, and a soon-to-be-finished multi-use synthetic playing surface ($5 million); the fit-out of the top floor of the Traralgon West clubrooms ($300,000); and the new Churchill hockey pavilion ($200,000).