Darebin paths gets GO-AHEAD !
writes Adam Carey Transport Reporter for The Age 29/02/16
The $18 million connection, which includes the construction of five new bridges, was first promised in 2006 but has languished for years because of opposition from councils and the failure to acquire land.
The first stage of the path was built by the former Napthine government, before the project stalled over disputes with Boroondara council and the Latrobe Golf Club over land access.
Last week the Andrews government used its powers under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act to push through the required land acquisition, and Boroondara council resolved to work with VicRoads to grant access to its land.
The completion of the kilometre-long final section of the Darebin-Yarra Trail will include a three-metre wide concrete cycling path extended through Latrobe Golf Club and Willsmere Park to connect with the Main Yarra Trail in Kew East near the Eastern Freeway and a 50-metre bridge across the Yarra.
“Building the missing link in the Darebin Creek Trail will safely connect northern suburbs residents to more than 600 kilometres of cycling trails across Melbourne,” Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said. The final stage of the trail will open in late 2017.