Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Victorian Coastal Trail Question to Government

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:44): My question is to the Minister for Regional Development regarding joining existing nature trails in western Victoria to form an ecotourism opportunity for the state. Recently I met with Tom Dunn, who lives on the Surf Coast. Tom is an avid hiker and made the case to establish a nature trail linking the entire Victorian coastline. Tom has researched and investigated a potential route, which in its entirety is expected to be around 1500 kilometres long and promises a world-class tourism experience. The proposed trail includes the Bellarine rail trail, the Surf Coast Walk, the Great Ocean Walk, the Port Fairy to Warrnambool rail trial and the Great South West Walk. Once completed, the trail will have the ability to celebrate the environmental magnificence of Victoria and entice tourists to increase overnight spending, which has been a particular problem for some western Victorian coastline areas. Further, the focus on linking existing walks means limited invasion on natural ecosystems and also minimises potential construction costs. My question is: will the minister consider this ecotourism opportunity and further instruct her department to investigate the potential benefits of such a proposal?


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