February 17, 2016


Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard today joined the community of Lismore to celebrate the official opening of the Lismore Discovery Trail, which has expanded public open space and created better links between the town’s recreational and shopping precinct.

“The Lismore Discovery Trail is a great community asset which has connected and expanded public open space and provided a safe walking and cycling trail through Lismore’s historical town centre,” Mr Howard said.

“Not only do residents now have a new open space feature to enjoy, but the trail will help attract visitors to the region by creating a pleasant stop-over point for travellers on the Hamilton Highway.”

“The Victorian Government is proud to work with communities on projects like the Lismore Discovery Trail, which help our regions to grow by boosting local economic activity.”

The project involved the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Brown’s Water Holes and the mapping out of a series of linked trails interpreting key cultural, historic, environmental and geological features of the township.

Providing a new attraction for travellers to stop over in the town and spend money in the local businesses, it is also well situated near the town’s caravan park and swimming pool, adding extra incentive for travellers to stay over. 

The trail has also interpreted the rich Aboriginal and pastoral history of Victoria’s Western Plains for the local community and visitors to the town.

The Lismore Discovery Trail arose from the Lismore Community Plan, as one of a number of projects to attract new residents and businesses to Lismore, to improve township amenity and ‘tell the town’s story’.

The Victorian Government provided $75,000 towards this project, with contributions of over $35,000 from Corangamite Shire and countless hours of in-kind support from the Lismore community.