Diamond Creek to Hurstbridge Trail Extension
The Diamond Creek Trail is the most popular shared use trail in the Shire, connecting the two major townships of Eltham and Diamond Creek.
Council is extending this trail to connect with Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge.
The trail is currently 12km in length, running from Diamond Creek to Eltham Lower Park, where a connection to the Main Yarra Trail can be made. The extension will add 8 km of track between Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge.
The Victorian Government provided $4 million through the VicRoads Towards Zero initiative for Stage 1 of the project from Diamond Creek to Wattle Glen.
A further $5.1 million has been provided through the Victorian Government’s Suburban Parks Program for Stage 2 from Wattle Glen to Hurstbridge.
Council has committed $4 million to the entire project so far.
The extended shared trail will consist of a concrete path for walking, running and cycling, and a separate natural surface trail for horse riding.
Stage 1 is 2.5km from Luscombe Drive in Diamond Creek to Wilson Rd in Wattle Glen and includes three creek crossings. Stage 2 is 3km from Wilson Rd in Wattle Glen to Hurstbridge and includes five creek crossings.
Once completed, the trail will run continuously for 55km from Hurstbridge to the CBD, linking with the Main Yarra Trail at Eltham.
The trail is important as it provides for both recreation and commuter use. The trail currently connects to Eltham and Diamond Creek railway stations; the extension will provide commuters with more options, connecting the trail to Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge railway stations.
Based on the current use of the Diamond Creek Trail, it has been estimated that there is the potential for a total of 350,000 users each year when the trail is extended to Hurstbridge, bringing benefits to the local and wider community.
The trail will follow a creek alignment between Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge (via Wattle Glen). The priority is to create a safe and enjoyable shared trail for all users, including for walking, cycling, running and horse riding.
Details about how Council came to the preferred alignment being along the creek can be found in the GTA Consultants report 'Trail Alignment Options Assessment'(PDF, 11MB) .
Aligning the extension of the Diamond Creek Trail to the creek has involved the acquisition of approximately 14.4 hectares of private land.
Stage 1 - Diamond Creek to Wattle Glen
The trail extension to Wattle Glen is anticipated to be completed in late February 2021.
The concrete shared-use path is almost finished. The prefabrication of the three bridges has been completed off-site and installation will start in mid January 2021.
Council undertook detailed design work, including flora and fauna, heritage and CFA assessments, and worked with private landowners when acquiring land.
Stage 2 Wattle Glen to Hurstbridge
Work on Stage 2 of the trail is expected to start early 2021 with completion anticipated later in the year.
Contractors have been appointed for the construction of the concrete path and the design and construction of the bridges.