Councillor Antonella Celi
|Posted by antonellaceli on November 5, 2021 at 9:55 AM|
10M commitment brings world class Peninsula trail within reach
Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillors commit $10 million over the next five years towards the shovel ready Peninsula Trail project and will advocate to State and Federal Government for funds to help deliver the project on the ground for our community.
The Peninsula Trail is a walking and cycling network that extends over 100 kms that, links the Peninsula along its most scenic hinterland, urban and coastal trails.
Over the years the Shire along with strong community support have pushed for matched State and Federal funding to complete the missing sections of the Peninsula Trail at Baxter-Somerville; Mooroduc-Mornington and Anthony's Nose, McCrae.
The Shire has engaged with the support of many community groups and relevant authorities such as Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network, Mornington Peninsula Railway Preservation Society DELWP PortPhillip, Department of Transport to Progress the Peninsula Trail link completion.
The project is has also gained the support of the eight Rotary District 9820 Clubs on the #morningtonpeninsula who have chosen the Peninsula Trail as a signature project to mark their 100th anniversary of Rotary Australia.
The Shire is advocating to the Victorian and Federal Government to deliver a funding commitment of $40 million.
Phase 1 (2022-2026) including Baxter to Somerville, Mornington to Moorooduc and Southern Peninsula Missing Links (including Anthony’s Nose), will cost $20 million,. The Federal Government has committed $2 million with a further $3 million being sought through the current round of the State's Growing Suburbs Funding (GSF) for the Somerville to Baxter section of the project.
- The Shire also has a $400,000 allocation to progress the concept plans and approval for the Moorooduc to Mornington and Anthony’s Nose, McCrae missing links
- Phase 1 outputs include $19.5 million direct and indirect economic output.
- 55 direct and indirect FTE jobs.
- The project will strengthen Peninsula’s brand as a premier cycling and walking destination.
- The Shire has committed $10 million towards the total project