In welcome news for cyclists and recreational walkers, the State Government has committed $990,000 for the next section of the Princes Highway Trail.
The funding will help Cardinia Shire complete the trail’s 2.6km section from Fairweather Parade, opposite Timbertop Boulevard, to Heatherbrae Recreation Reserve in Officer with a sealed, dual-use cycling and walking path. The new trail section will provide the fast-growing Officer community with improved access to facilities, and provide a new option for outdoor activity such as walking and cycling.
Cardinia Shire Council has committed a matching contribution of $990,000 to the Officer section of the project in its 2020-21 budget. Planning is underway with construction expected to commence by the end of 2020, pending COVID-19 restrictions. When completed, the shared pathway network will eventually stretch from Beaconsfield to Racecourse Road in Pakenham.
Eastern Victorian MP Harriet Shing said the trail was an exciting project for Officer and the whole of Cardinia.
“The Princes Highway Trail will help bring our community together and will be a great asset for Officer – linking people with the facilities they need and encouraging more cycling and walking,” Ms Shing said.