27 September 2023

Plenty of trails for Plenty Gorge

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Parks Victoria is calling on locals in Melbourne’s north to have their say on a new 17-kilometre trail between Doreen and University Hill in Bundoora.

The Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio said the Plenty River trail was part of a $20.4 million allocation which would also upgrade Hawkstowe Picnic area and the Nioka Bush Camp.

“Nature-lovers will be able to make the full journey on the new trail by foot or bicycle through the gorgeous parkland located on Wurundjeri Country,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“The shared-use trail will run along the western corridor of the park and will connect locals and visitors with the parklands and to Hawkstowe and Mernda railway stations,” she said.

“The improvements to the Hawkstowe Picnic Area and the Nioka Bush Camp will improve accessibility to the park, for people of all abilities to enjoy.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said that during the consultation process the community would be asked to share their vision for the trail, including what facilities they’d like to see incorporated.

“Plenty Gorge Park is a wonderful place and this new trail will enable the community to get even more use out of it for recreation, exercise or just enjoying nature,” she said.

“More residents have recently been discovering the natural beauty, wildlife and bushland of the park at their doorstep, making now the perfect time to hear their fresh ideas.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said consultation on the project was open until 15 December.

Further information on the trail, including how to have a say, can be accessed at this PS News link.

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