Local Alphington link to Darebin Creek Trail

Planning is currently underway for a local Alphington connection to the Darebin Creek Trail. 

Project background 

In April 2018, a 1.8km section of trail linking the Darebin Creek Trail with the Main Yarra Trail was opened to the public. Dubbed the missing link, the completion of this section of trail provides continued access to over 600km of off-road trails connecting: the Main Yarra Trail, the Anniversary Trail, Capital City Trail, Koonung Trail, Gardiners Creek Trail, Merri Creek Trail, Plenty River Trail and the Diamond Creek Trail.

Happy cyclist riding along trail

The Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Mr Luke Donnellan MP, announced the design and construction of a local Alphington link on 14 November 2017. 

The location

We’re currently investigating design options to connect Alphington with the Darebin Creek Trail.  Currently, Alphington residents access the Darebin-Yarra Trail via Sparks Reserve in Ivanhoe or from the other end of the trail in Kew East. For those south of the trail, this involves travelling along the busy Heidelberg Road.

Image of map showing Farm Road link on the Darebin Creek trail

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Benefits of the local Alphington Link

The local link will provide the local community of Alphington more direct and safer access to the Darebin Creek Trail and subsequently the network of other trails. 

Currently, Alphington residents access the Darebin Creek Trail via Sparks Reserve in Ivanhoe or from the other end in Kew East. For those south of the trail, this involves travelling along the busy Heidelberg Road. 

Cycling/walking trails encourage people to partake in recreational cycling and hiking as well as making it safer and more enjoyable to commute to work and other activities. 

Shared-use trails provide benefits to a broad demographic, including families, school children, older people and people with disabilities.   

Community involvement

When we have finalised the options for the local link, we will discuss these options with key stakeholders and the community. A Stakeholder Reference Group comprising local interest and user groups will be established to provide community input into the options. 

If you are interested in being part of the Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) to assist in the design and development of the local Alphington link, please email [email protected] for Expression of Interest (EOI) application form. EOI's close on 30 October 2018.

We expect to hold community meetings at which the broader community can provide feedback about the options early in 2019. 

Contact us

To find out more about the project please contact us. 

Email:  [email protected]
Write:  Darebin Yarra Trail Link, VicRoads, 12 Lakeside Drive, Burwood East 3151

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