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 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 will involve the acquisition of approximately 14.4 hectares of private land.
Council has undertaken detailed design work, including flora and fauna, heritage and CFA assessments and worked with private landowners to acquire the land for the trail.
Contracts for the construction of the path and bridges in Stage 1 between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen are currently out to tender and works are expected to commence in February 2020.
The on-road cycle lane, between Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge, is complete and is operational.