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Melbourne Water sets Yarra Junction community on path for improved River access

Little Yarra rail trail connection
A sketch of how the proposed path along Little Yarra will connect to the existing Warburton to Lilydale Rail Trail.

The Yarra Junction community is being asked for feedback on a proposal by Melbourne Water to construct a new walking trail along the Little Yarra.

The planned track will begin near the Warburton Highway and link to the existing Warburton to Lilydale Rail Trail.

The project will involve the removal of weeds and planting of indigenous trees and shrubs up to 10 metres from the river bank.

Melbourne Water is working closely with Yarra Ranges Council, Parks Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and other stakeholders to deliver the exciting community focussed project.

Melbourne Water’s Manager South East Regional Services John Woodland said weed control and revegetation works have commenced and build on previous such work undertaken upstream along the Little Yarra.

Following the community consultation, construction of the trail is expected to begin in 2022.

“We’ve heard from the local community that they would like more recreational spaces in their area,” Mr Woodland said.

“This project is all about that. Importantly, it will give locals and visitors to Yarra Junction a chance to immerse themselves in the beautiful environment surrounding  Little Yarra River.

“Both the community and landscape will benefit from the new track and revegetation.

“Melbourne Water is keen  to hear the views of landowners, local businesses the community and other stakeholders on the proposed trail. We can’t wait to get started on this.”

To contribute your ideas or provide feedback, visit the project’s `Your Say’ page.