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Projects in parks receive funding boost

Thursday 4 October, 2018

Parks Victoria is thrilled to be collaborating with groups across the state to implement projects funded through the Pick My Project initiative.

Eight of the 237 project ideas from across Victoria chosen to share in $30 million in community grant funding are located on land managed by Parks Victoria.

Once these projects are complete, park visitors will have improved opportunities to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in these parks and reserves.

The projects are:

  • Bellarine's Nature Therapy - All Abilities Access Track

This 3km long ‘all abilities’ track will wind through varied and interesting landscapes in the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve. It will be constructed in a way that allows more people to access and enjoy the Reserve.

  • New community nature experience trail in Woowookarung Regional Park

A multi-purpose nature trail for cycling, walking, running, and nature immersion will connect Ballarat and Mt Clear’s best lookouts. Visitors will enjoy heathy forest, grasstrees and wildflowers in season as well as historic water races, mines, prospecting sites and geological wonders.

  • Purpose built Riding for the Disabled Centre at Knox

Funding will contribute to a high quality accessible riding facility designed for people with a variety of disabilities. Riders and volunteers will enjoy the benefits of physical exercise, while also developing riding skills, enjoying an outdoor natural setting, making friends and improving the lives of people with a disability.

  • Red Cliffs Boardwalk on the Murray River

Funding will contribute to replacing the iconic boardwalk along the Murray River at Red Cliffs. The existing boardwalk, which is in poor condition as has been closed for safety, will be removed and a new boardwalk will allow access to outstanding views of the river and cliffs.

  • Plenty Gorge Park mountain bike trails

Formalising a safe, well-planned, marked and maintained mountain bike trail network in Plenty Gorge Park will contribute to nature-based visitor experiences while also protecting significant vegetation, habitat and cultural values. The trails will cater for various levels of mountain bike users from beginners and families to intermediate enthusiasts.

  • Coolart Homestead renovation

Internal plaster repairs to the 125 year old Coolart Homestead will open up rooms for use by visiting artists and writers, for community meetings, public events and education programs. The heritage-listed homestead is part of the environmentally significant Coolart Wetlands.

  • Expand mountain bike trails at Arthurs Seat State Park

Adding new mountain bike trails to the current 12km of mountain bike trails will improve connectivity and expand the existing network to meet the increasing demand. The trails will cater for all riders, ranging from families and recreational riders to more experienced, technical mountain bike riders.

  • Mount Arapiles - Upper Central Gully Walking Track repair

This project will repair the popular Upper Central Gully Walking Track at Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park. Hundreds of stone pitched steps will create a lasting beautiful walking path for everyone to enjoy a 1hr loop walk taking in the highest point in the Wimmera, the summit of Mount Arapiles.

Under the Pick My Project initiative, Victorians were invited to vote for their three favourite project ideas in their local community. Successful projects can be viewed at

Quotes, attributed to Paul Roser, Acting Director Community Partnerships, Parks Victoria:

“Over $1.4 million is being invested in projects across the state in Parks Victoria managed parks and reserves.”

“This injection of funding will see these projects make our parks even more accessible and enjoyable for everyone who visits.”

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