ARARAT'S railway underpass has been given a bright, fresh new makeover.
The normally dark, gloomy underpass, which is located near KFC, now has a mural painted on its walls and some of the lighting has been updated.
The underpass forms part of the Ararat Active Adventure scavenger hunt, which was recently installed to give residents fun and free access to incidental exercise.
The makeover was a multi-agency effort.
Ashley Goudie from KIL Productions spent 30 hours across three days working on over 200 linear metres of wall to create a mural that depicts Ararat's active and health conscious community.
Mr Goudie went through 87 cans of paint.
Rail network manager ARTC updated some of the lighting in the tunnel to brighter LED lighting.
The Department of Justice organized the cleaning and preparation of the walls with participants completing community corrections orders, spending six days on the task and using 60lt of basecoat paint.
The Ararat Active Adventure scavenger hunt is an initiative of East Grampians Health Service, and came out of a challenge set by the Heart Foundation and the federal government's Active Australia Innovation Challenge to improve health outcomes in towns.
The health service received funding from the Heart Foundation to implement the project.
Further funding came from the Department of Justice and ARTC, bringing the total cost of the project close to $12,000.
The underpass is the last part of the scavenger hunt to be installed and links checkpoints two and three of the Active Adventure around the Ararat trail.
Maps can be picked up at the East Grampians Health Service Community Health Centre.
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