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Yarra Glen River Circuit rolling forward

Published on 14 May 2018

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A walking and cycling circuit along the Yarra River suggested by the community will be designed and planned over the coming year with funds in the 2018-19 draft Council Budget.

The Yarra River Circuit was proposed by Yarra Glen residents through the 2016 People’s Panel, which allocated funding from the sale of the town’s former Maternal and Child Health centre.

Ryrie Ward Councillor, Fiona McAllister, said a concept plan and design for the trail would be developed in coming months.

“We’re going to look at how to connect the trail and the river, providing safe places to walk and creating a loop with items of interest along the way,” Cr McAllister said.

“It’s exciting that there’s a lot of community interest, and it’s really good to see this idea finally coming to fruition.

“The conversation around trails in the valley and more broadly in Yarra Ranges means that it’s going to be connected to a whole lot of amazing trails and it will be another great reason to come to Yarra Glen.”

When completed, the Yarra River Circuit will connect to the Yarra Valley Trail – a project which will connect Lilydale, Yarra Glen and Healesville to the Warburton Trail.

People’s Panel member, Hayley Davies, said the circuit would be a drawcard for visitors and those coming to sporting games at the recreation reserve.

“Obviously, Yarra Glen is quite up-and-coming. We’re getting more and more features that make us more attractive to the wider community and I think this will be an asset – especially with the football club down here,” Ms Davies said.

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Yarra Glen People's Panel members, Lesley and Hayley, with Charlie and Cr Fiona McAllister at the site of the Yarra River Circuit.

“We get representatives from different towns all over the shire and the eastern suburbs here every weekend, and how fantastic for them to get to experience it with the locals.

“I’m so excited. I think it will be fantastic.”

First stage funding for the circuit ($316,000) is allocated in Council’s draft 2018-19 Budget. The balance of the project funds will be allocated in the 2019-20 financial year.

For more information about the draft Budget, visit bigpicture.yarraranges.vic.gov.au.