Two exciting projects for extensions to the existing shared path network will provide additional opportunities for the community to experience more of our river and bush environment.

Greater Shepparton offers cycling enthusiasts and pedestrians a variety of paths and routes to explore. Our shared pathways run through areas of natural beauty, including forest and river environments, and are connected in places by on road access links.

The shared pathway network winds its way from the north of Shepparton, at Water's Reserve, south along the Goulburn River to the centre of the city, and branches west to Mooroopna and south to Kialla Lakes.

The extension of the shared path network provides opportunities for active living and the promotion of healthy lifestyles to the community. It also provides opportunities to promote Shepparton as a great cycling destination for visitors and tourists.

Background

The Greater Shepparton Cycling Strategy 2013-2017 was adopted on 17 June 2014 providing direction for cycling in Greater Shepparton. It incorporates the vision for the next 10 years and recommendations for future works to create a comprehensive and continuous network of safe and attractive routes for cycling and to have suitable end-of-trip facilities at major destinations where possible. This will encourage the maximum amount of participation in commuter, recreational and tourist cycling.

The pathways run through areas of natural beauty, including forest and river environments, and are connected in places by on-road access links.

Works

This dual project is an extension of the Shared Path network to include The Flats and a connection to the Botanic Gardens over the Broken River via a bridge. 

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Route 3 – The Flats Walk

Route 3 of the shared pathway network will include The Flats for 2kms from Kidstown – Midland Highway, Mooroopna.

The extension of the shared path network on Route 3 provides improved access the important heritage area of The Flats to Mooroopna and Shepparton providing more opportunity for tourism attraction to the growing accessible tourism market.

Works commenced on 3 June and were completed in late September, due to weather delays.

Route 5 – Broken River to Botanic Gardens

Council awarded the contract for the construction of the pedestrian bridge over the Broken River linking the shared path network with the Australia Botanic Gardens and other networks south of the Broken River at the June Ordinary Council Meeting. The contract sum for these works was $782,683.00 including GST and the contract was awarded to Fleetwood Urban Pty Ltd.

The initial timeframe indicated that the construction of the bridge would be completed by the end of 2020, however there has been some delays in commencing the works due to COVID-19. The works will now commence onsite in February 2021 and will be completed by mid-2021. 

The length of the bridge is similar to that of the bridge over the Goulburn River behind Aquamoves and provides more opportunity for tourism attraction and leisure activities.

Funding

This project is jointly funded by Council, Regional Development Victoria and the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

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Key dates

Route 3

  • 5 May 2020Tender advertised
  • 12 May 2020Tender closes
  • 28 May 2020Tender awarded under delegation
  • 3 June 2020Works commence
  • 30 June 2020 (Delayed to late September, due to weather) Works completed

Route 5

  • 13 March 2020Tender advertised
  • 15 April 2020Tender closes
  • 21 June 2020Tender awarded at Council Meeting
  • February 2021Works commence
  • Late July 2021Works completed

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