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Council’s Three Trails Project will deliver significant upgrades to three multi-use trails, popular with local and visiting walkers, cyclist and horse-riders. As plans for the Three Trails Project are developed, Council is seeking feedback from users of the Ballarat–Skipton Rail Trail, Kuruc a Ruc Trail and Rainbow Bird Trail.

Three Trails Have Your Say Golden Plains Shire Council



The Three Trails Project will improve and upgrade three significant multi-use trails: Ballarat–Skipton Rail Trail, Kuruc a Ruc Trail and Rainbow Bird Trail. Popular with local and visiting walkers, hikers, cyclists and horse-riders, the trails span a total of 101km and connect 15 different townships and communities across Golden Plains Shire, as well as City of Ballarat and Corangamite Shire.

Improvements to these three valuable trails will encourage more local residents in our growing communities to enjoy the trails and new visitors to the region to enjoy the picturesque Golden Plains.

The Three Trails Project will upgrade and improve the current trail infrastructure, as well as design and installation of new supportive infrastructure, including: signage; shelters, seating, picnic tables and chairs; decking upgrades; safety corrals at major highway crossings; culvert and bridge upgrades; spray seal of trail sections; upgrades to the Pittong Sleepover; installation of trail counters for data collection; and environmental works including tree trimming.

As Council finalises the plans to break ground on the Three Trails Project, we are asking local residents and trails users to share their views and experiences to inform the delivery of the upgrade.

How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

Council is seeking feedback from walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and community members who love and value to trails, to ensure the works have the greatest benefit for local residents and visitors. Our Three Trails Project survey is open from 26 April to 26 May, 2021. You can complete the online survey or download a copy at the links below:



Paper surveys are also available at Council’s Customer Service Centres: 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn and 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale.

Completed surveys can be returned by:

  • email to;
  • mail to Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn, VIC, 3331, marked ‘Attention: Three Trails Project’;
  • or at a Council Service Centre.

In May, signs featuring a QR code for the survey will be posted on the three trails and there will be an in-person engagement session to collect valuable feedback from trail users. Details of this in-person engagement session will shortly be available on this page. 


26 April 2021

Survey opens

TBC, May 2021

In-person consultation session

26 May 2021

Survey closes

Contact Information

Peter Ridsdale
Coordinator Economic Development
5320 7111
Project Category: 
Health and Wellbeing
Last Updated: 
Monday, April 26, 2021
Project Status: 
Current Project
The Three Tails Project will deliver significant upgrades to three multi-use trails. Share your experience to help shape the project.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.