Diamond Creek to Hurstbridge Trail Proposal
The Diamond Creek Trail is the most popular shared use trail which connects two major townships of Eltham and Diamond Creek.
Council is planning to extend this trail to connect with Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge.
The trail is important as it provides for both recreation and commuter use, with the trail connecting to Eltham and Diamond Creek railway stations. The proposed trail extension will connect to the Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge railway stations.
The trail is currently 12km in length, from Eltham Lower Park where a connection to the Main Yarra Trail can be made.
More 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) .
The total estimated cost of completing the extension of the Diamond Creek Trail along the creek is estimated to be $11 million and will require support through external funding
Aligning the extension of the Diamond Creek Trail to the creek will involve the acquisition of private land. Approximately 14.4 hectares of private land will need to be acquired for the preferred creek alignment.
This will be costly and take time however it could also assist Council to realise other environmental and ecological objectives along the creek by improving river health and habitat.
A cycle lane on the road between Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge is already planned and will be completed this year. This cycle lane is not separated from the traffic.
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 if the trail were extended to Hurstbridge.