Funding for Maffra shared pathways

THE state government will provide $100,000 to complete a path network for cyclists and pedestrians in Maffra.

Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull said the McLean Street Maffra Shared Pathway project would connect residential areas with the hospital and major facilities in the town.

“Maffra is home to just over 5000 people, and is the centre of the Macalister agricultural, cattle and dairy farming region,” he said.

“This project will build an east-west connection between existing pathways within the township to form a network that connects key community facilities and improves transport options for Maffra residents.

“The 2.5-metre wide pathway will suit pedestrians and cyclists, and run the length of McLean St.

“The new path will enable safe, off-road walking and cycling between the Maffra Recreation Reserve, Maffra wetlands, Victoria Park and the Cameron Sporting Complex.

“It will also link residential areas to the hospital and senior citizens club, and provide access to the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail.

“By developing a safe and accessible path for pedestrians and cyclists, the project will encourage active living in Maffra,” he said.

Mr Bull said government funding towards the $300,000 shared pathway project would be provided through the Regional Growth Fund to Wellington Shire Council, which would contribute the remaining $200,000.

“The Regional Growth Fund invests in community-led projects to drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Bull said.

The project is expected to be completed in March 2015.