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Published Tuesday 6 April 2021
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Seymour close to joining rail trail

Linking Seymour to the Great Victorian Rail Trail has moved a small step closer, with Council choosing a preferred route for more detailed investigation subject to future government funding.

The preferred option will see the trail follow School House Lane and Dysart Rd from Tallarook with an underpass or overpass needed to cross the railway line. If this is not supported by rail authorities, an alternative route has also been identified.

The idea to extend the trail from the Tallarook to Seymour was identified in the endorsed Seymour Structure Plan.

Discussions with affected landholders to extend The Great Victorian Rail Trail to link Seymour were held in November 2020.

Using the four alignment options identified in the Seymour Structure Plan, the first round of engagement was used to determine the appetite for landholders who were affected by the proposed trail.

The next stage of work will include further design on the preferred alignment including how the route will connect into the Seymour township.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

"This is very early days and there is a lot of work to be done. This is quite a long-term project," she said

"We will continue our investigations, which will include advocating for external funding for the next steps of the project, from sources such as the Federal and State Governments.

"The proposed rail trail has the potential for some fantastic economic and health and wellbeing benefits for our community."

"While there have been some concerns raised from some nearby landowners about the trail, if we are successful in securing funding for the next investigative steps, we are very open to working with them to further explore the concept, proposed routes and how it could work."

This page was last updated on 6 April 2021.

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