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

  • After being awarded in June 2020 Council meeting the design works commenced in early July 2020 which was a component of contract.
  • Post design around October 2020, the procurement of various materials including suspension cable from Italy pushed the site works to May 2021.
  • Works commenced on site in late May 2021 with construction of footings and anchors but was interrupted with rain and wet site conditions. (Parks Victoria who manages the reserve have laid conditions on working on a wet site under the planning permit to avoid damage to the site).
  • Additional delays were suffered to COVID related restrictions and river flooding pushed the project to September 2021. 
  • Construction of the shared path from Forest Drive to Botanic Gardens car park will commence on 1 November 2021 and is expected to be completed by mid-December 2021. This extension of the shared path network will connect to the extensive network paths to the north via the new pedestrian bridge over the Broken River which will connect the Botanic Gardens to Lincoln Drive.

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
  • Late-May 2021Works commence but delayed due to wet weather
  • Oct 2021COVID and weather-related restrictions cause further delays 
  • Mid-December 2021Scheduled completion date

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