The Andrews Labor Government is making it safer to use one of Geelong’s most popular cycling and walking routes.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville, together with the Victorian Treasurer, Tim Pallas,   today announced $500,000 to resurface a section of the Bellarine Rail Trail between Moolap Station Road and Melaluka Road in Leopold as part of the 2018/19 Victorian State Budget.

The 35-kilometre trail stretches along the Bellarine Peninsula linking South Geelong to Queenscliff along the historic Geelong to Queenscliff railway line.

A 3.5 kilometre section of the trail will be resurfaced near Leopold providing improved safety and reliability for thousands of cyclists and pedestrians.

It completes the surfacing of the trail between Drysdale and Geelong, and will make the trail a more attractive route for both commuter and recreational cyclists.

The trail provides a safe alternative to Geelong-Portarlington Road and Bellarine Highway for riders travelling from Geelong city centre along the Peninsula.

This project is part of the Government’s $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrian Fund which is aimed at cycling and pedestrian projects and encouraging more use of active modes of transport.

These vital safety improvement works are being funded through the $1.3 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, being delivered in partnership between VicRoads and the TAC to ensure nobody is killed or seriously injured on our roads.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“The Bellarine Rail Trail is very popular with recreational cyclists and walkers, both locals and tourists alike.

 These improvements will encourage more people to actively enjoy the natural beauty of the Bellarine, together with local attractions including the wonderful wineries and eateries.

 “We’re getting on with projects which improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians – some of our most vulnerable road users.”