Local residents and visitors are set to benefit from safer and improved access to Casterton’s Ess Lagoon, part of the popular Kelpie Trail.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that the Andrews Labor Government will contribute $30,000 to undertake the improvements works, which will make the existing pedestrian bridge over the lagoon more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians.
The works will improve the shared path network forming the Kelpie Trail in Casterton by regrading and levelling the gravel path, and raising the level of the footbridge.
The project, which is part of the Labor Government’s Transport Investing in Regions Initiative, will also include works to install exercise equipment and picnic tables at the site, which neighbours the Glenelg River.
Glenelg Shire Council has committed $20,000 towards the $50,000 project and will partner with Casterton Secondary College’s VCAL students to deliver the improvements.
During periods of heavy rain, the walking track is cut off as the current bridge goes under water. These improvements will ensure this important part of the Kelpie Trail can be used year-round in all weather conditions.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“The community has been calling for improved facilities at the Ess Lagoon precinct, and we’re getting it done.”
“Ess Lagoon is a popular space, and an important part of this tourist and recreation trial – and this funding will help us ensure that people can enjoy it all year round.”