The Darebin – Yarra Link Community Coalition continues to promote the need for the link by highlighting all the people that will use it and why. Over past few years, we have written to Ministers for Environment, Planning and Transport and met many times with Departmental representatives.


We will continue to keep lobbying for the link until we can literally cross the bridge and say its over.

You can show your support for completing the Darebin – Yarra Link by adding your story on how you would use the trail to our Facebook page or adding a comment below.



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Comments: 71
  • #1

    Elaine (Thursday, 21 July 2011 07:32)

    Great idea to push for this link which as you say makes the whole trail much more useful.

  • #2

    Ingrid (Monday, 01 August 2011 06:53)

    School children walking and riding to school, cycle commuters going to work, La Trobe University students, bush walkers...the list of people and groups that would benefit goes on and on. The time for delays is long gone. Please, just build it!

  • #3

    Mal (Tuesday, 02 August 2011 06:40)

    I would definitely use the bridge for visiting my daughter in Fairfield. We live in Hawthorn. I would also be using it for recreation. I would hope my live at home daughter would also use it to visit her sister and niece.

  • #4

    Anthony (Wednesday, 10 August 2011 04:26)

    When my kids were in primary school I told them this link would help them get to school. When they were in high school I told them it would allow them to ride to school without going on main roads. They have been riding every day, and they are now in VCE!! Please finish this link and give our kids a safe passage to school.

  • #5

    Felicity (Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:19)

    I would use the link so I could avoid cycling over the Chandler Highway Bridge which I fear after smashing into its pylon and breaking my arm. Please build it, I want to feel safe.

  • #6

    Russell (Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:22)

    For a rounding error of what it would cost to build a road, please build an obvious gap in a growing bike network. This would allow cyclists to avoid the danger of Heidelberg Rd & Chandler Hwy.

  • #7

    Matthew Bufardeci (Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:33)

    We need this link so that my sons can safely get across the river as they ride to school, rather than dangerously ride on Heidelberg Rd and Chandler Highway - a cycling nightmare!

  • #8

    Cameron James (Wednesday, 10 August 2011 06:23)

    I would use this link on my commute, my family would use this link as a much safer option to navigation of heidleberg rd and Chandler hwy. It's about safety for cyclists, but also about taking cyclists off those busy roads, which is great for motorists too

  • #9

    Mick McCoy (Wednesday, 10 August 2011 06:38)

    The Chandler Hwy bridge is very dangerous for cyclists, having to share a single narrow lane with cars and trucks. It is dangerous for car drivers because they have slow suddenly for cyclists. And it is dangerous for pedestrians if cyclists use the narrow adjoining footpath. But its the only way over the Yarra for miles either side. Completing the link would offer a beautiful path over the Yarra in itself, plus a much safer path over the Yarra for commuters on four, two or no wheels.

  • #10

    Mick Gayfer (Wednesday, 10 August 2011 06:48)

    We often ride as a family & this link will allow us to avoid the dangerous Chandler Hwy bridge & Heidleberg Rd.

  • #11

    John ARCHER (Wednesday, 10 August 2011 18:36)

    Rides with the kids on week-ends. A safer route for novice cyclists and school kids. Building this is a 'no-brainer'. Thank goodness the mindless objections have finally been dealt with.

  • #12

    Julia Blunden (Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:27)

    My Thursday Cylists group and the Whitehorse Cyclists with whom I ride would both use this link frequently to access the Darebin Creek Trail from the Kew side of the river. It would spare us from having to tackle the Chandler Hwy and its busy intersection with Heidelberg Rd.

  • #13

    Carole (Thursday, 18 August 2011 21:56)

    I have been waiting for this link since we moved into the area 8 years ago. Id like to be able to go for rides with my kids safely and enjoy the beautiful parkland. Id also like to commute safely to work in the docklands. Bring it on.

  • #14

    Heather (Thursday, 18 August 2011 23:49)

    We've been in the area for 5 years and expecting the link to be completed, at any moment, the whole time. We'd love to have the link through as a safe option for our kids to ride to school without going near Heidelberg Rd, and for weekend recreational riding. It's about time!

  • #15

    Tony (Friday, 26 August 2011 02:19)

    I have a daughter living in Preston and it would be great to be able to visit her and avoid the Chandler Highway bridge

  • #16

    Elizabeth (Friday, 26 August 2011 02:49)

    I frequently cycle from Preston to Kew with a baby trailer along the Darein Creek and Yarra River, and it would be much safer to be able to do this all off road, as well as more enjoyable.

  • #17

    Fiona (Saturday, 27 August 2011 22:57)

    I am in Ivanhoe and have family in Kew and friends in Clifton Hill and South Yarra that I would love to be able to visit by walking/riding from the Darebin Creek trail to the main Yarra Trail. It seems ridiculous that the DC trail stops at Heidelberg rd, almost a stone's throw from the Yarra, without even access up to Heidelberg rd at that point so one can find their own way to the Yarra from there. It would be a huge step forward in connecting these Yarra communities to firstly provide access across Heidelberg rd, and secondly connect this path to the main Yarra trail.

  • #18

    David H (Sunday, 28 August 2011 21:27)

    Whitehorse Cyclists is a leisure cycling club in the eastern suburbs. We organise 7 regular rides each week, totalling about 100 riders. We frequently ride through the tunnel from Kilby Road or down the Yarra Trail past Willsmere Park and wish to cross the Yarra to ride the Darebin Valley or Wingrove Street Alphington. The proposed bridge over the Yarra at Willsmere Park will mean that we no longer need to make awkward crossings via the Chandler Highway bridge or the cycling bridge at Burke Road and paths to The Boulevard Ivanhoe.

  • #19

    John Cook (Sunday, 28 August 2011 23:43)

    Let's cut through all this B.Dust (Bike Dust)and fulfill what generations of Eastern and Northern suburbian residents have been dreaming of.
    I belong to Whitehorse Cyclists club - 200 members riding on 7 rides a week.
    Consider 1,400 votes for you each week.
    Worth putting your hand up??

  • #20

    Tony S (Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:30)

    I frequently ride down the Main Yarra Trail from where I live in East Doncaster and one of the rides I like to access from this trail is the Darebin Creek Trail. Unfortunately at the moment access to the Darebin Creek Trail is awkward and requires using the Chandler Highway Bridge and negotiating heavy traffic to get to the current start of the trail off Yarana Road in Darabin. If the proposed extension of the Draenbin Creek Trail to where it crosses the Yarra River near Willsmere Chandler Park, were to be completed, it would provide an important link in Melbourne's network of bike paths.

  • #21

    Dawn (Thursday, 01 September 2011 02:41)

    I have been riding and walking around the Yarra River for much of my life. Many years ago I was present at a Boroondara Council meeting where the Darebin link bridge was approved and funding was available. Yet the bridge still is not built. I want a safe off-road crossing of the Yarra to access the northern suburbs. This bridge only needs to be a simple access bridge for both pedestrians and cyclists. Please get it built!

  • #22

    Sarah (Friday, 02 September 2011 19:29)

    I used to commute to work across the Chandler Hwy, and always got quite wary in the traffic over the bridge. Now I'm at home with a small child & would love to continue riding with him in his bike trailer, but without a safe bridge that whole network of Yarra bike paths is off limits. Can't even ride him to the Guide Dogs Open Day! Please build the bridge, it would get so much use.

  • #23

    Peter Revill (Sunday, 04 September 2011 04:58)

    This link will be a jewel in Melbourne's shared pathway crown. Once completed it will be possible to ride (or jog if keen!) from Bundoora to Richmond, Frankston,Melbourne's CBD, Docklands, and Westgate Park without encountering a car or traffic light. Hundreds of kids will be able to ride to school safely and lives will be saved as a result. Please build this link asap.

  • #24

    Penny (Monday, 05 September 2011 00:12)

    Heidelberg Road and the Chandler Highway are intimidating roads and a real barrier to walk or cycle from Fairfield/Alphington to Kew and the Yarra Trail. If this link were built I would prefer to visit family on the other side of the river by bike rather than driving. One less car on the already full to capacity Chandler Highway!

  • #25

    Maurie (Tuesday, 06 September 2011 04:34)

    Banyule Bicycle Users Group organises 6 rides each week. We use the Darebin Creek Trail and the Main Yarra Trail for many of our rides. The crossing of Heidelberg Road from the Ivanhoe Boulevard is always hazardous, a cyclist was hit recently at this intersection. The planned link provides a safe option at this intersection. We also like to ride loops and completing the Darebin Creek connection to the MYT provides any easy enjoyable loop from the Merri Creek, Plenty River and Diamond Creek Trails.

  • #26

    John Merory (Tuesday, 06 September 2011 15:41)

    I have been waiting 20 years for this connection of the Darebin trail to the Main Yarra and Anniversary trails. I remember the Kennett government's minister for roads budgeting for the bridge across the Yarra. I remember discussions with Michael Oxer, President of BV, about his work completing the link. It would open up a number of off roads options for north-south and east-west travel. It is coming, like democracy to the USA (sorry Leonard Cohen). And when it arrives there is another LC song we could adapt.

  • #27

    Kevin (Tuesday, 06 September 2011 17:21)

    The Darebin Yarra Link, together with the completion of the Darebin Path near Bundoora Parklands, would increase the number of completely off-road loops into the inner Melbourne area, allowing safe and pleasurable riding experiences for cyclists of all ages and abilities from the outer northern suburbs.

  • #28

    Graeme (Tuesday, 06 September 2011 17:39)

    As a staff member of La Trobe University Melbourne (Bundoora) campus I think it is imperative to set up this missing link. When/if this path is completed there will be a complete off road path from the CBD and from the South to our campus. Presently there is an awful missing link where staff and students must negotiate roads to reconnect to the river trails. Not good enough and a barrier for some potential bike commuters to our University.

  • #29

    Grandfather Geoff (Saturday, 10 September 2011 03:04)

    What a shock that after organising an exciting bike ride with my grandson we reach an impasse when riding South towards the Yarra Trail from Alphington. It seems a "no-brainer'to provide access from N and S to the 2 fantastic bike trails which should be available to all.

  • #30

    Keryn (Thursday, 15 September 2011 19:30)

    I often cycle in the northern suburbs for recreational riding. I never feel safe riding on the Chandler Highway bridge and road. The traffic is very busy and the road is narrow. The Darebin Yarra Link would make the riding safer and much more pleasant.

  • #31

    Anthea Fleming (Tuesday, 20 September 2011 19:09)

    We have felt the need for a path along Darebin Creek for over 40 years. It would enable us to reach Darebin Park directly, without crossing roads and long diversions, and we could extend our walks to Willsmere Park. It would be a boon for cyclists, both commuters and recreational.
    Please hurry up and build it so we can use it while we can still walk!

  • #32

    Graeme (Tuesday, 20 September 2011 23:25)

    The link MUST be built. It makes so much sense for this north - south connection to allow more recreational and other trips across the Yarra without having to risk Chandler Highway bridge and road crossings. The wider community will be able to appreciate the regional asset of the Wlllsmere Billabong and maybe more will be willing to help in its restoration to better natural health.

  • #33

    Geoff (Wednesday, 21 September 2011 01:20)

    We are lucky enough to have a property in Ivanhoe that backs onto the creek south of Heidelberg Rd. A number of years ago the only foot bridge across the creek was washed away, effectively cutting safe access between the Alphington and Ivanhoe neighbourhoods. The only crossing now being the narrow footpath running along Heidelberg Rd. (a heart in your mouth experience on a foggy night) This link, with it's new bridges across the creek would not only create the many benefits listed above but also reunite a neighbourhood that might have two names but was/is one community.

  • #34

    Lauren Muxlow (Wednesday, 21 September 2011 04:29)

    This link would make for safe and quick access for commuters! We would use it on our weekend bike rides down to the yarra. Finish the link!

  • #35

    Clare Mannion (Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:37)

    Creating a safe trail would be my preferred bike route for the kids to get to school , rather than crossing the train line and Heidelberg Rd. Please fund this incompleted trail.

  • #36

    Jessica (Tuesday, 11 October 2011 18:42)

    Extending the trail would make it far safer for my dog to come with me on bike rides, and an easier way to commute to the city.

  • #37

    PiCO (Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:36)

    So how long did EastLink take to build and a what cost?

    Just do not understand the endless delays relatively low cost and huge to benefits to road users, walkers and cyclists.

  • #38

    Doug (Sunday, 13 November 2011 06:54)

    As a recreational cyclist the hazards and complications of having to travel across the Chandler Highway Bridge in an effort to get from Darebin to Boroondara are extremely concerning and frustrating,when a natural creek side path is waiting to be completed. To see the final stage of the Darebin Creek Trail linked to the Yarra Trail will be a definite boon to enabling many more to enjoy our unique network of public paths and parklands.

  • #39

    Murray (Wednesday, 23 November 2011 06:18)

    I often go from southwestern Ivanhoe to the Koonung Trail and it is difficult and not very safe to travel across Heidelberg Rd. The link would facilitate this trip. I also travel to East Kew and the Chandler Hwy is extremely dangerous for even experienced cyclists.

    Can we have a 21st birthday party next year to celebrate the beginning of the campaign for the trail and the bridge?

  • #40

    Vasso Zangalis (Monday, 28 November 2011 05:22)

    I have always thought it is stupid that the trail ends right at Heidelberg rd. It would not cost much to put a wooden bridge under the road bridge and extend the trail. I would use it to walk the dog further than I currently can.

  • #41

    Steve Rogers (Monday, 05 December 2011 23:49)

    It makes no sense for the Darebin trail to just end. Would anybody build a freeway that just stops with no connections to anywhere else? It's the same for people who enjoy walking or riding the trails of Melbourne. One simple connection would open up everything in the north to the river trails and visa versa.

    It would be criminal if the selfish wants of a few block the real needs of many.

  • #42

    Pete Somerville (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 01:43)

    For those of us north of Heidelberg Road this link would provide easy and safe access to miles of excellent river trails along the Yarra. Other options for crossing the Yarra are heavy with cars and trucks and not safe or pleasant to use, particularly with kids.

  • #43

    Maree (Friday, 09 December 2011 00:06)

    We have waited far to long for this link to be established. The joining of the Main Yarra Trail and the Darebin Creek Trail will open up each side of the Yarra to communters, La Trobe Uni staff and students, Kew High School students many of whom must travel from the north due to limited secondary school options and zoning. Recreational cyclists, joggers and walkers will also be able to benefit from the extended payhways which enhance access, health and well being of the community.

  • #44

    Max (Friday, 09 December 2011 00:11)

    If we can put a man on the moon it can't be that difficult to get a bike path built. I am 10 and I have been checking if any progress has been happening for over 3 years - the road block and the tree are still at the dead end. I think I will have my car licence before this track is complete!

  • #45

    Victoria (Friday, 09 December 2011 00:26)

    I am 7, and I need this bike path to be built so that I can safely get to Junios Rangers at Darebin Parklands. It is scarey having to ride over the Heidelberg Rd Bridge and dangerous to cross this road. I will also use this bike path to safely go to Archery each Sunday at Hats Paddock in Kew

  • #46

    Sharyn (Sunday, 25 December 2011 20:23)

    Fabulous news on continuing the path under Heidelberg Road to Sparks Reserve.

  • #47

    Andrew (Monday, 09 January 2012 04:42)

    Like many of the previous posters, my kids would use the path to ride to school. At the moment they tackle Heidelberg Rd, which is packed with cars around the time they travel. I also commute by bike into the city, and across the river. The Chandler bridge is very dangerous and stressful for cyclists - an alternate, safer crossing would be a boon.


  • #48

    Dianna (Wednesday, 18 January 2012 03:36)

    This short link will provide so many opportunities, I could finally ride to the city and leave my car at home, I could enjoy cycling with my husband to nearby cafe's without worrying about getting on the road, the benefits for everyone are endless!

  • #49

    Al Ripper (Thursday, 26 January 2012 22:09)

    I support the concept of links especially based on riparian corridors...It makes sense to improve waterway and increase community connection to habitat/vegetation corridors. More strength to you

  • #50

    Todd (Monday, 13 February 2012 16:34)

    I commute by bicycle from Alphington to work in the CBD on a daily basis. The Darebin-Yarra link would provide safer access to the Yarra trail for both pedestrians and cyclists. Heidelberg Rd and Chandler Hwy are very dangerous roads for cyclists, the link provides a safer, alternative route.

  • #51

    Ash (Monday, 27 February 2012 23:01)

    I've been running darebin trail for the last few months, and just today i ran further than i have before to find this beautiful trail just comes to a complete stop!

  • #52

    Carlos & Isabella (Thursday, 01 March 2012 23:49)

    We really want the Darebin-Yarra link to be built by 2013 because we want to go to Kew high with our mates. Our Mum says we can't go unless we can ride there!

  • #53

    Trevor (Monday, 16 April 2012 21:01)

    We need this built - we've been in Ivanhoe area for 15 years and can't believe that this short section is unbuilt for such a bike commute intensive area. Time to build it so the kids can also safely avoid Chandler highway to get to Kew High!!!

  • #54

    Sue Anderson (Thursday, 03 May 2012 03:28)

    So many people want this bridge; commuters, students, families, recreational cyclists and walkers. I wanted this bridge when my son started school and we took our boys on recreational rides, now he is attending LaTrobe Uni and the bridge would make riding to uni so much safer.
    I'm pleading with the planners and councils to be definitive and get on with this project, the green light has gone on and the community can't wait!

  • #55

    Liz R (Tuesday, 05 June 2012 05:05)

    This link has been talked about and argued about for too long. It is time that there was some action. I wrote to various politicians and councillors several years ago and again when the little foot bridge between Ivanhoe and Alphington was destroyed in a major flood. In order to reach the beautiful bike track I once enjoyed I would now need to ride along Heidelberg Road. This is not an acceptable option. It is incredible that this link has still not been built.

  • #56

    Michael Grey (Sunday, 17 June 2012 19:57)

    Having moved recently to the north end of Darebin Creek I was excited to see I could ride almost the whole way to the city on bike paths. Or I thought I could, anyway.

    Instead the path comes to an abrupt and unnecessary end, forcing me and other bicycle communuters onto the roads for several kilometres, adding congestion to the traffic and danger to us.

    After some research I can't believe that a path, which has already received permission to be built, is still waiting for construction at least two years later.

  • #57

    Marika (Monday, 24 September 2012 02:48)

    I live in Kew and work in Alphington. Cycling across the Chandler is a disaster! I would love to be able to cycle with the kids to school/day care but it is far too dangerous. Please get this going!

  • #58

    Matt power (Tuesday, 16 October 2012 19:52)

    I commute to work by bicycle several days a week and have to exit the Yarra trail and then ride the dangerous link from Chandler Highway to Darebin Road. If the link is built, I would stay on bike paths for the entire trip making the trip safer and faster and encouraging others to ride to my office.

  • #59

    David Farrow (Monday, 22 October 2012 17:17)

    As a north Kew resident I have always felt that the major benefit for me and my neighbours is that it provides an accessible link to my nearest railway station at Alphington and the opportunity to access an expanded network of recreational trails. Ditto for the residents of East Kew. It is not right that a few selfish locals in the Kew Billabong area of Kew and fronting the creek reserves in Alphington/Ivanhoe should deny the benefits of this bridge to so many. I thought that had been resolved at VCAT.

  • #60

    Fabian (Sunday, 25 November 2012 18:21)

    I live in Alphington and work on Southbank. As things are at the minute I catch the frequently delayed Hurstbridge line train into the office.
    The Yarra trail - DC trail connection would give me a safe, more reliable and healthier option for my daily commute into the office.

  • #61

    Anthea Fleming (Saturday, 26 January 2013 00:22)

    The link will not be for cyclists only! I and many other walkers look forward to a safe way to cross Heidelberg Rd en route to Darebin Parklands and to my son's place in Alphington. Walking to Willsmere Park will be great too.

  • #62

    Regan Dennehy (Friday, 01 March 2013 22:46)

    For saftey, good health, improved lifestyle, let's get the bridge built. We need a strong person to get this through. Surely a reasonable amount of time as passed? Let's bring in the Prime Minister. thank you.

  • #63

    Alice (Sunday, 04 August 2013 01:55)

    I would use the route to cycle. I am afraid of riding over the Chandler Highway since I previously could not determine I needed to get off my bike and go to the other side of the road to get across. I ended up flat on my back in the middle of the southbound lane of the highway after hitting a bump. Took me three months to get over physical injury.

  • #64

    Jimi W (Sunday, 02 August 2015 03:30)

    The work on the current section up to the La Trobe golf course is nearly done. There is just one final section of about 20m of concrete to lay, then a bit of a general clean up and some landscaping. Presumably there will be a politician to open it, so it may stay closed for some time until that can be organised. You can easily walk it if you want, including crossing the two and a half bridges they have built.

    The real issue is when will they finish the final links, along the back of the La Trobe golf course and across the Yarra River to link with the existing paths. At the moment the path is a dead end, finishing literally in mid air with a half completed bridge at the point it meets the La Trobe golf course.
    So the track is not good for anything (except a sight seeing trip of a couple of hundred metres, turn around and go back).

    Imagine the benefits of this final link, it is so close but based on efforts to date we could be years away from completion. We have been waiting a generation for this link, we need to keep up the pressure to get the final section done.

  • #65

    Graeme (Sunday, 02 August 2015 05:35)

    Hi Jimi
    The section under construction probably will not be officially opened because it does not go anywhere. VicRoads are due to put the tender out for the final section across the Yarra before Christmas and it is unlikely to be complete before Christmas 2016. As you say, we need to keep the pressure on to keep the project moving.

  • #66

    doz (Sunday, 16 August 2015 07:32)

    Would be great of I could use this link instead of Burke road, filled with cars, none of which like having bikes on the road. Would shave off several kilometers of my trip to work at Latrobe uni. However, judging by the time it took the council to. Repair

  • #67

    Paul (Monday, 28 September 2015 00:28)

    We walked the first part of the trail at the weekend, it's a beautiful part of the Darebin Creek past the school up to the edge of Latrobe golf course where the bridge is half built. Looking forward to the completion. Lots of people were trying to get through the fences! so thats a good sign the trail would be widely used!

  • #68

    James (Friday, 23 October 2015 20:44)

    Crossing chandler hwy is a massive disincentive for riding to work for me. This link would get me out of my car and into my saddle.

  • #69

    Tony H (Tuesday, 17 May 2016 19:18)

    The sooner the better, Melbourne needs as many bike paths as possible if we are to become a true biking city.

  • #70

    Russell (Tuesday, 24 October 2017 02:06)

    I often use this trial because I live in Reservoir and it's crap compared to the Merri creek trail because it goes nowhere. But when it is linked to the Main Yarra trail it will be great, then I can use it without have to run the gauntlet that is Heidelberg road. Ya!

  • #71

    Sam (Friday, 12 January 2018 00:37)

    I'll use it to Join other paths from Thornbury as a solo and family cyclist. I'd take my son and future daughter along it on their bikes as well.

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