Funding boost for 1000 steps car park

Jason Wood and Alan Tudge at the 1000 steps.

 A $300,000 funding boost for the 1000 Steps will ensure the longevity of the iconic fitness attraction in Ferntree Gully.

The Federal Member for Aston, Hon Alan Tudge MP, announced on 23 January that the funding would go towards feasibility studies to improve car parking at the 1000 Steps, and construct a shared use bridge at the base of the track.

The commitment will be delivered through the Community Development Grants Programme.

The project will evaluate and design solutions to address car parking availability around the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (1000 Steps) and include design concepts and costs to deliver a new pedestrian and cycling shared path over Burwood Highway to link Belgrave to the Ringwood Rail trail.

Mr Tudge said the much needed feasibility study will go a long way to ensuring the future accessibility of the track.

“Everyone knows the 1000 Steps car park can be a nightmare at times,” he said.

“We need to find solutions to this problem and also finally link Belgrave to the Ringwood Rail Trail”