A safer and more accessible path up Mount Noorat will enable more people to enjoy the views across the township below, thanks to a $40,000 investment from the Andrews Labor Government’s Pick My Project initiative.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today welcomed the upgrade walking track which will benefit the Noorat community and tourists, who can better enjoy the stunning views from the prominent scoria cone rising.
The Pick My Project funding assisted the development of a cultural heritage assessment of the area, along with consultation with the community to design and install the walking track to Mount Noorat, a dormant volcano situated overlooking the town centre.
The previously informal and unmarked walking track is now clear for residents and tourists alike, with associated infrastructure ensuring everyone can safely enjoy this stunning natural wonder of regional Victoria.
Funding was sought by the Noorat Progress Association as a priority of the Noorat Community Plan as part of its vision to boost the local economy and tourism industry.
Pick My Project is an Andrews Labor Government first – a $30 million participatory budgeting initiative that puts decision making in the hands of Victorians.
The Making Tracks – Redeveloping Mount Noorat’s Walking Tracks project is one of nine successful projects from the Pick My Project initiative in the Great South Coast region.
The region received more than $1.06 million in funding through the initiative, after a total of 13,538 votes were cast.
Other projects in the Great South Coast region include equipping and fitting out the Cobden Community Gym, upgrading the Air Ambulance helipad to a concrete structure at Cobden Airport and providing mobile nature play and education programs with the Nature Bus.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“The Noorat Progress Association is doing an amazing job and I’m really pleased that the Andrews Labor Government has been able to help with funding towards this important project.”
“The Pick My Project initiative is helping fund vital projects like the Making Tracks – Redeveloping Mount Noorat’s Walking Tracks, a community-based project that residents of Noorat voted to introduce.”
“Mount Noorat is a stunning natural tourist attraction for the Great South Coast region and we’re proud to have improved access and safety for all visitors.”