A new trail to explore nature

Funding for a new trail around Mount Holden in Sunbury. Pic of MP Josh Bull; and residents Sharon Wallace and Katelyn Sinnema and her dog Hufey. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 235152_01

By Oliver Lees

Sunbury residents will have a new avenue to enjoy their surroundings, following the announcement of funding for a new walking trail around Mount Holden.

Hume council will receive $500,000 to build a 2.5 kilometre loop around the slope as well as signage that will inform the public of the area’s cultural and environmental significance.

Sunbury MP Josh Bull said the project will bring a range of positives to the area.

“This new investment will create local jobs and support our community to get out in nature,” he said.

Located to the north of the Calder Highway, the summit of Mount Holden features rocky cliffs that were formed through an ancient volcanic eruption.

According to Victorian Resources Online, the site is considered one of geological significance, due to volcanic activity, which sloped its summit with less defined outcrops.

Marion is a member of the Sunbury-based Monday-Wednesday-Friday (MWF) Walkers club, she said her fellow walkers would welcome a smoother walking surface.

“Many of our group members are over 60 years old, so we try to stay on reasonably firm ground,” she said.

“We would definitely check it out [the new trail], that would be good.”

The project is part of the Victorian government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which has contributed to 29 projects across Hume, including a pavilion at Bulla Village Tennis Club and laneway upgrades at Sunbury town centre.