Thursday November 18, 2021

Trail work starting

Work is set to start on the biggest upgrade of the East Gippsland Rail Trail in its 30-year history, thanks to a $2 million Federal Government grant.Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, has secured the $2 million, on top of the $1.5 million received under the local economic recovery program, from…
Thursday November 4, 2021

Rail trail upgrades to start

Significant upgrades to the East Gippsland Rail Trail are set to commence in coming weeks. Works being undertaken include cleaning of culverts or replacement to address drainage and erosion issues, bridge repairs or complete rebuild, road crossing safety standardisation, fencing and installation of barriers to prevent illegal access to the…
Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, last Friday visited the East Gippsland Rail Trail to inspect the site before work gets underway. Mr Chester secured $2 million for an upgrade of the first stage of the rail trail as part of the Regional…
Friday April 9, 2021

Happy on trail

East Gippsland Rail Trail upgrades are on the horizon.Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, has secured $2 million for the first stage of a much-needed upgrade of the trail.Mr Chester said he had been working closely with the volunteer committee of management for more than two years to seek government…
Wednesday February 17, 2021

Trail sadness

Letters to the editor - Bairnsdale Advertiser 17/02/2021Dear Editor,- We read with sadness in last week’s Bairnsdale Advertiser the current East Gippsland Rail Trail committee missed out on any major funding from governments at all levels in recent handouts.To add further distress it appears the dilapidated Snowy River viaduct going…
Wednesday February 10, 2021

Rail trail funding setback

The East Gippsland Rail Trail Committee of Management has expressed dismay that its application for a grant to fund major upgrades to the trail surface was rejected. The Rail Trail committee had applied for $5 million under the Local Economic Recovery Program, which was set up to fund projects in…
Thursday December 17, 2020

Rail trail on track for major upgrades

When the volunteers of the East Gippsland Rail Trail committee of management heard there was a chance of substantial grant funding available, they jumped into action. Not wanting to miss out on this opportunity, and being heartened by the news the Snowy River Rail Bridge restoration committee had received funding…
Volunteer committee members of East Gippsland Rail Trail Committee of Management have been busy over the past 18 months securing funding for a range of projects on the trail.Two projects of interest to Orbost and district residents will be the design and installation of new signage for the length of…
Wednesday November 20, 2019

Rail trail ready

A $100,000 upgrade of the East Gippsland Rail Trail has been completed in time for the busy summer holiday period thanks to a Federal Government grant.Federal member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, has congratulated the rail trail committee for moving quickly to secure local contractor, Cranes Asphalting and Bitumen Sealing, to…
Tuesday November 19, 2019

Stratford Primary School

One of the highlights of this year at Stratford Primary School involved a group of Grade 5 & 6 students participating in a 3 day, 2 night bike riding experience along the East Gippsland Rail TrailThe ride began at Howitt Park in Bairnsdale and students rode their bikes along the…
Monday October 28, 2019

Trail works get underway

East Gippsland Rail Trail committee of management has secured funding from the Federal Government, through Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, to reseal the section of trail from McEacharn Street, East Bairnsdale, to the Nicholson River Bridge.Preliminary works for this long awaited upgrade commenced last week and will continue this week,…
Friday October 18, 2019

A sign of great things ahead

Great things are happening on the East Gippsland Rail Trail, with new trail distance signs showing the way. In a project jointly funded by the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, East Gippsland Shire and the volunteer East Gippsland Rail Trail committee of management, new signage has been installed…
Wednesday October 9, 2019

East Gippsland shines for cyclists

East Gippsland shone as 130 cyclists hit the East Gippsland Rail Trail for the sixth Great East Bike Ride across the weekend.Starting in Bairnsdale last Friday, the cyclists pedalled their way along the trail, or caught a lift from their parents, finishing at Orbost’s Forest Park on Sunday.Conducted by Snowy…
Friday May 24, 2019

Resealing the rail trail

Work will start as soon as possible on a $100,000 upgrade of the East Gippsland Rail Trail, following the re-election of Federal member for Gippsland, Darren Chester.Mr Chester said the project would reseal 12 kilometres of the trail from Bairnsdale to Nicholson.“More than $3 million has recently been announced to…