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Rail trail work begins at Lake Eppalock

The O’Keefe Rail Trail from Axedale to Bendigo will follow the course of a railway inundated by the creation of Lake Eppalock.

BARBARA SUNGAILA April 9, 2014 3:10am

Clearing has begun along the old rail embankment near Lake Eppalock in preparation for the next stage of the O’Keefe Rail Trail construction. Photo: Barbara Sungaila


Work has begun on the section of the O’Keefe Rail Trail next to Lake Eppalock.

The route will follow the original railway alignment across the lake.

The railway was closed before the lake was built.

Goulburn-Murray Water has provided historical data on the lake capacity since it was built and this has been used by council engineers to determine a suitable track height.

The height of the new trail will need to be raised with approximately 9000 cubic metres of earth fill to keep it above the lake’s 100 per cent full supply level.

When these works are complete there will be a track across the lake with a 90m long bridge over Mt Ida Creek in the middle.

Track construction in this area will be finished by the end of June.

The rail trail route through the One Eye State Forest near Heathcote has been the subject of heated debate with some residents strongly opposed to a proposed road closure.

The matter is still undecided and a report is being prepared for council.

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