Government funding promise for East Gippsland Rail Trail
Important upgrades to the East Gippsland Rail Trail have moved a step closer, with the federal government promising $2 million to the project.
This comes after the rail trail missed out on federal bushfire recovery funding earlier this year for the much-needed work.
The federal commitment follows a Victorian state budget announcement last November of $3.5 million to restore the disused timber trestle bridge at Orbost, which forms part of the rail trail.
Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said he had been working closely with the volunteer committee of management for more than two years to seek federal government funding and he was ecstatic with the result.
“Naturally, we were disappointed that the rail-trail was unsuccessful in the first round of bushfire recovery funding but we put a strong case to the Federal Infrastructure Minister and secured this $2 million,” Mr Chester said.