January 30, 2020

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan today announced funding for the Great Western Future Committee to develop a cycle trail around the wineries and heritage points of interest around Great Western.

Meeting with members of the Great Western Future Committee, Mr Tehan announced $15,000 under the Stronger Communities Programme –Round 5.

The Great Western Wine and Heritage Cycle Trail will create a Grampians iconic cycling experience marrying our world-class wineries with the heritage, and historical significance of Great Western surrounded in a majestic natural landscape.

The trail will be mapped with interpretative signage between the three major wineries in Great Western for tourists and the local community. The project will include a large interpretative sign at Memorial Park and fifteen interpretative signs along the trail.

Mr Tehan said projects like this would help encourage more visitors to the local area and enhance a visitor’s experience through shared cultural, historical and natural stories which connect with their own lives.

“We have spectacular destinations in Wannon and the Great Western Wine and Heritage Cycle Trail will help build on making Great Western a more attractive destination with a diversity of activities.”

“I congratulate all the committee members on their application, which is a result of hard work and look forward to the development of this wonderful trail.”

Bruce Ahchow, President Great Western Future Committee, said “we are very pleased to accept this grant from Mr Tehan and sincerely thank Dan for his support”.

“This project has been planned for sometime to improve visitor experience, creating a stronger resilient community and also share Great Western’s rich history. The Stronger Community Programme is essential funding for small communities like Great Western to get these types of initiative to reality”, said Mr Ahchow.

The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government's commitment to helping deliver social benefits in communities across Australia.

The programme funds small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

Further information on the program is available: www.business.gov.au/assistance/stronger-communities-programme.

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