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Take a walk back in time

By Country News

New walking tracks are bringing to life Victoria’s first hydro-electric scheme and historic timber harvesting sites in the Rubicon State Forest, near Eildon.

Works have started on the construction of a 4 km loop walk in the heart of the Rubicon Valley Historic Area.

The works are a part of Victoria’s Great Outdoors program, a $105.6 million investment by the Victorian Government into better forests, parks, campgrounds, caravan parks, tracks and outdoor facilities.

The walk will showcase the area’s unique history and heritage-listed infrastructure, creating increased opportunities for people to explore the great outdoors.

Visitors will walk along tramways and aqueducts, over trestle bridges and past historic sawmills and hydro-electric infrastructure.

Forest Fire Management Victoria project manager James Cowell said the new works would encourage visitors to explore sites developed more than 100 years ago.

“From 1907 until the 1950s, timber harvesting was undertaken by communities that lived in the forest,” Mr Cowell said.

“A network of wooden tramways connected the sawmills to the edge of the forest.

“The area is also the site of the first state-owned renewable energy hydro-electric scheme, completed in the 1920s and still operating largely unchanged today.”

The works have been undertaken by Forest Fire Management Victoria and are expected to be open to the public by the end of the year.

Forest Fire Management Victoria Hume deputy chief fire officer Aaron Kennedy said Victoria’s Great Outdoors program was creating opportunities for people to experience the benefits of spending time in nature.

“We are making it easier to get into nature through better facilities, new and upgraded campgrounds and tracks and trails,” Mr Kennedy said.

For further information about Victoria’s great outdoors program, visit: www.vic.gov.au/victoria-great-outdoors