Grampians Peaks Trail29 May 2015
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, today officially opened stage one of the Grampians Peaks Trail and announced $19 million towards the second stage of the project.
The 144km trail - destined to become one of Victoria's leading tourism attractions - will connect some of the Grampians' most spectacular peaks, from the massive sandstone outcrops around Mount Zero in the north to Mount Abrupt overlooking the Dunkeld township and the surrounding volcanic plains in the south.
When complete, the trail is expected to create 35 full-time jobs, generate 86,000 visitor nights in the region and boost the local economy by $6.4 million per year.
The former Victorian Labor Government invested $1.6 million for Stage One of the Trail: a three-day, two-night, 36-kilometre loop walk around Halls Gap, Mount Rosea Camping Area, Bugiga Campsite and Borough Huts.
The project involved detailed track design and signage, 3.5 kilometres of track from Halls Gap to Rosea Campsite, construction of the Bugiga Campsite, construction of a footbridge at Fyans Creek, and a 10-kilometre track upgrade between Rosea Campsite and Borough Huts.
The Andrews Labor Government's 2015-16 Budget provided a further $19 million towards Stage Two of the Grampians Peaks Trail from the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.
The Federal Government has also approved a funding contribution of $10 million through Round One of the National Stronger Regions Fund.