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Building Removal On Rail Trail

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Thursday, 7 October 2021 - 12:00pm
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Golden Plains Shire Council Three Trails Project

The Pittong Sleepover building will be removed as part of the Three Trails Project.

Located in Pittong on the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail, the building known as the Pittong Sleepover is in poor condition due to weather exposure and not fit for continued use as an overnight stopover for trail users.

Throughout its existence as the Pittong Sleepover, Council officers have completed periodic checks of the facility to ensure it was in useable condition and the most recent assessment recommended its removal.

Works to safely deconstruct and remove the structure are scheduled to begin on Thursday 7 October and will be completed by Friday 15 October. During the works, the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail will remain open and there will be no impact on trail users.

As part of the Three Trails Project, a new picnic ground will be established at the Pittong site, as an inviting rest stop available to all trail users.

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.

From 26 April to 26 May 2021, Council held community consultation on the Three Trails Project and gathered feedback from walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and community members. The engagement has informed the final plan for the Three Trails Project upgrade.

Works on the Three Trails Project commence this month and will be rolled out over the next six months. Project works include informative and way finding signage, trail surface and drainage repairs, furniture installation, safety implementation measures at high-speed road crossings, bridge maintenance works and the implementation of selected bike repair stations.

The Three Trails Project is funded by a $500,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund; $180,000 from the Berrybank Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund; $57,000 from Golden Plains Shire Council; and $13,000 from the former Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail Committee.

For more information about the Three Trails Project, visit

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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.