New trails for La Trobe University precinct
New trails for La Trobe University precinct

The state government has provided funding for two new trails to get riders to and through the La Trobe University precinct.

The University has received $1.395M for its project while the City of Darebin has received $232,000.

The new 1.9km shared user path through La Trobe University will connect to Bundoora Park and the Darebin Creek Trail in Bundoora.

The City of Darebin will construct a short 140m section from Plenty Road to Main Drive.

The plans that have been in development as part of the University’s 2018 Transport Plan.

This will provide a new link directly through the heart of the La Trobe University Campus for people walking and cycling.

It will support staff and students at La Trobe University, residents at the Polaris development and existing users of Bundoora Park and the Darebin Creek Trail.

The project is scheduled to be completed by June 2022.

The projects were part of an announcement of funding for six new trails in Melbourne’s northern suburbs worth $4.7M

Bicycle Network will provide details of the other projects in Campbellfield, Epping, Mill Park and Thomastown when they come to hand.

The announcement also included the launch of the state governments Open Space Strategy.

Park upgrades could include new seating, barbecues, toilets, fencing, landscaping, lighting, shading, path upgrades, as well as water features and new playgrounds.

The trails and park upgrades are funded under the $154 million Suburban Parks Program, which will ultimately create 6,500 hectares of public open space, including parkland, trails, pocket parks and off-leash dog parks.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said: “Melbourne’s open spaces are at the heart of our city and bring enormous benefits to local communities.”

“We are investing in projects to improve and boost our open space network now, to ensure we meet the needs of the community in the future.”

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