Growing Jobs in the Latrobe Valley

Background

Walhalla and Mount Baw Baw are the leading tourist destinations in our shire, receiving a combined total of around 300,000 visitors annually. Walhalla is a historic town that has been restored and maintained to its Gold Era days. The Mount Baw Baw area is one of the state’s leading snow resorts in the winter and popular for hiking and bushwalking in the other months.

The Growing Jobs in the Latrobe Valley Public Land Program report has been prepared the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning highlighting projects for investment.

Situation Analysis

The Walhalla Goldfields Railway is one of the most picturesque railway journeys in the nation. Running between Walhalla and Thomson three days a week, over 30,000 people make the trip annually.

Extending the railway from Thomson to Erica and opening the rail every day will increase visitation significantly, provide more jobs, create economic stimulus and provide an iconic rail route for the region.

South Face Road is an unsealed road running for 30 kilometres from Rawson to the base of Mt Baw Baw. It is more direct and less winding route than the sealed but precarious Mt Baw Baw Tourist Road.

Sealing South Face Road would open the way for commercial traffic to easily access Mt Baw Baw and would provide a convenient touring link to Walhalla. Other elements within Growing Jobs in the Latrobe Valley Public Land Program include: upgrading the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine tour, establishing a visitor management system within

Walhalla, establishing a reticulated sewerage system within Walhalla and providing renewal energy systems for Mt Baw Baw.

What is Needed?

For State or Federal Government to support and fund the recommendations of theGrowing Jobs in the Latrobe Valley Public Land Program.

Cost

$60–90m