Eldorado finds its missing link

$423,000 development aims to boost tourism and revitalise town
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FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD: Rural City of Wangaratta administrators Irene Grant (left) and Ailsa Fox, link arms with Don Stewart (Eldorado Business Group) and lead representatives from the Victorian government, other council staff and members of the community along Eldorado’s new shared path from Gunhouse Park. PHOTO: Shane Douthie

A NEW shared pathway linking some of Eldorado’s most popular sites was officially opened on Monday by Ailsa Fox, Rural City of Wangaratta chair of administrators.

The path and new improvements to the town’s Gunhouse Park cost $423,178 and were the culmination of a five year campaign led by local residents with support from the Rural City and the Victorian government.

Don Stewart, a member of the Eldorado Business Group and one of the drivers of the project, said it would revitalise the town, attracting tourists and providing a safer, more accessible route for locals to access some of the town’s major facilities and attractions.

He said before the new path, residents and tourists, especially children and the elderly or those with limited mobility, had little choice but to walk along the town’s main road to access facilities.

“Our community vision has been realised,” Mr Stewart told the crowd which had gathered for the opening ceremony.

“In 1954 when the dredge closed the town nearly died but it has slowly come back.

“In 2010 the RCOW Community Consultation process advised the community to take ownership of the town and its future.

“A series of meetings with community groups decided the best way forward was to construct a shared path from Main Street to the sportsground.”

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