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Archive 2006

Caution Regarding Rail Trails in Fire Prone Areas - UPDATE Jan 07

(Posted: 12/12/06)

A reminder that using rail trails in rural environments during our hot, dry summers requires some extra thought and preparation.

Further Economic Research Released on Rail Trails

(Posted: 05/12/06)

La Trobe University Associate Professor Sue Beeton has released the results of a further study into the economic effects of Regional Communities and Cycling on the Murray to Mountains rail trail.

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (SE Qld) Wins Achievement Award

(Posted: 05/12/06)

The development of the Linville to Blackbutt section has won the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Government Achievement Award.

Oberon - Tarana Rail Trail (NSW) Open

(Posted: 05/12/06)

The first 5km of this rail trail, 190km west of Sydney, is now open.

High Country Rail Trail (NE Victoria) Receives Major Funding Boost

(Posted: 24/11/06)

The Victorian State Government has promised $1.3 million to seal a further 24km of the trail and bridge half of the gap across Sandy Creek Inlet.

Rail Trail Proponent Steps Down

(Posted: 24/11/06)

The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail manager and general rail trail proponent, Mr Darren Murphy, steps down from his job on the 1st of December 2006.

Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail (South West Victoria) Receives Funding

(Posted: 24/11/06)

The Moyne and Warrnambool Shire councils have been successful in obtaining funding of $850,000 to begin construction of the 33km Port Fairy to Warrnambool rail trail

The 2006 Australasia Cycle Tourism Conference - UPDATE

(Posted: 22/11/06)

The Conference was held nn 20-21 November in Adelaide. Railtrails Treasurer Vince Aitkin was one of many speakers who delivered to this important Conference

Murray to Mountains Rail Trail (North East Victoria) to be Extended

(Posted: 12/11/06)

The Indigo Shire has obtained funding to construct a further 9km section between Rutherglen and Wahgunyah.

2006 Annual General Meeting

(Posted: 04/11/06)

Our AGM will be held 7pm Friday 10th November. Nominations for the Committee are to hand. See details.

Lilydale - Healesville (Vic) Rail Corridor Development Options Report Released

(Posted: 08/08/06)

This report on this study has been released by the Yarra Ranges Shire Council and deadline for submissions is Friday 8 September, 2006.

Hopetoun Ravensthorpe Railway Heritage Trail (WA) Extended

(Posted: 05/08/06)

A further 13km of this trail was opened in may 2006.

Locating former railway lines on the internet

(Posted: 03/08/06)

It is now very easy to locate former railway lines or see the title boundaries of rail trails on the internet!

Lake Margaret (Tas) Hydro Power Station Closure

(Posted: 02/08/06)

Hydro Tasmania has closed the power station. Doubt lingers as to what will happen to the Tramway Trail between the station and nearby Lake Margaret and the museum at the power station.

New Look Website and Online Orders

(Posted: 01/08/06)

We have upgraded the rail trails website with a new design and some extra features. You can now order rail trail guidebooks online ... and to encourage you take have a look at the new design we have discounted our Tasmanian guide book by 50%.

Denmark - Nornalup rail trail (WA) extensions opened

(Posted: 18/07/06)

Two further stages of this rail trail have been opened bringing the total length to 59km.

Riverina Highlands Rail Trail (NSW) a step closer

(Posted: 18/07/06)

The Riverina Regional Development Board has adopted the recommendations of a feasibility study to proceed with the rail trail.

Tasmanian Rail Trail Maps

(Posted: 11/07/06)

We have added maps for most Tasmanian rail trails to our website.

High Country Rail Trail (Vic) July Inspirational Ride (UPDATED)

(Posted: 08/07/06)

The Friends of the High Country Rail Trail ride has been rescheduled for Saturday 29th July 2006.

Linville to Blackbutt/Benarkin Rail Trail (SE Qld) Opened on June 3rd 2006

(Posted: 02/07/06)

The Blackbutt to Linville section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail in SE Queensland was officially opened on Saturday 3 June 2006

Goulburn River HC Rail Trail (Vic) given the go ahead by councils

(Posted: 01/07/06)

The Mitchell, Murrindindi and Mansfield Councils have now adopted the Concept Design and Business Plan for the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail.

Description for Watawa Recreation Trail (Qld) added to website

(Posted: 27/06/06)

The Watawa Recreation Trail at Gin Gin in Queensland has been developed on 3.5km of the former Bundaberg to Mt Perry railway line.

Funding for Maroondah Hwy bridge on Warburton Trail (Vic)

(Posted: 26/06/06)

Funding will be provided for the construction of a bridge over Maroondah Highway on the Lilydale - Warburton Rail Trail.

Volunteer Small Equipment Grants (VSEG) - 2006

(Posted: 26/06/06)

The Federal Government has announced grants of up to $3000 for voluntary groups. Applications close 21 July 2006.

Christchurch - Little River Rail Trail (NZ) Opening May 28th 2006

(Posted: 16/05/06)

The first 20km stage of this 44km rail trail will open between Motokurara and Catons Bay on Sunday 28th May 2006.

Linville to Blackbutt/Benarkin (SE Qld) Rail Trail to Open June 3rd 2006 - Update

(Posted: 09/05/06)

Another 24km section of the former Brisbane Valley railway will open as a rail trail on Saturday June 3rd 2006 at Linville.

Two New Descriptions Added to Website

(Posted: 02/05/06)

The Nurragi Conservation Reserve in South Australia and possible Yarra Valley rail trail in Victoria have been added to the website.

High Country Rail Trail (NE Victoria) Kiewa River Bridges Opened

(Posted: 24/04/06)

A "Kiewa River Cooee" was held on Sunday 23rd April 2006 to celebrate the opening of the bridges across the Kiewa River

Rail Trail Committees and Communication Methods

(Posted: 07/03/06)

Online conferences offer another way to for rail trail groups to communicate.

High Country Rail Trail (NE Victoria) Kiewa River Bridge Opening

(Posted: 07/03/06)

A "Kiewa River Cooee" will be held on Sunday 23rd April 2006 to celebrate the opening of the bridges across the Kiewa River.

Goulburn River HC Rail Trail (Victoria) Draft Concept Design And Business Plan Released For Comment

(Posted: 28/02/06)

The councils of Mitchell, Murrindindi and Mansfield are seeking public comment until the end of March 2006

Riverina Highlands Rail Trail (Southern NSW) Feasiblity Study starts

(Posted: 01/02/06)

Funding has been announced for the study and public meetings are to take place in March 2006.

The Riesling Trail (SA) Charity Bike Ride

(Posted: 31/01/06)

Being held on Sunday 2nd April 2006 to aid children with cancer.

East Gippsland Rail Trail (Victoria) Extension Officially opened.

(Posted: 31/01/06)

On Saturday January 28th 2006 the 35km extension from Nowa Nowa to Orbost was officially opened

Another Way To Publicise Your Rail Trail Ride Events

(Posted: 24/01/06)

Bicycle Victoria is offering a free and easy way to publicise rides on their website.

Oberon - Tarana Rail Trail (NSW) Construction to Begin

(Posted: 10/01/06)

The committee has received funding to begin construction of the first stage of this rail trail, 190km west of Sydney.

Collie - Darkan Rail Trail (WA) Opens

(Posted: 10/01/06)

The Collie to Darkan Rail Trail, 200km SE of Perth, was officially opened on Sunday 16th October 2005

Railtrails Australia President passes away

(Posted: 03/01/06)

Barry Holt passed away on the 31st of December