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Watching the smoke and steam from the first trains to puff across the newly opened Snowy River Trestle Bridge in 1916, residents of the Orbost district would have found it hard to imagine that more than a century later Victoria’s longest timber rail bridge would be a pedestrian and cycling crossing on the East Gippsland Rail Trail.

More than 50 years after the last train to Kilcoy set out from Caboolture, the rail corridor came to life again just in time for Christmas 2020.

A new amenities block on the Fernleigh Track rail trail in NSW will include an accessible toilet, two unisex toilets and bike racks nearby.

What did you do on Friday 13th? Perhaps nothing if you are superstitious! Yet six members of the Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail, plus one member from the Junortoun Community Action Group, were out on the O’Keefe Rail Trail on 13 Nov, installing place name signs.

The Riesling Trail Management Committee, with assistance from the Federal Government, SA Government Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing and the Grosset Gaia Fund, has replaced the existing bridge on the Riesling Trail with a new bridge which is 3 metres wide.

A group of residents in the Greenethorpe district are calling on surrounding communities to show support for a proposed Rail Trail in the Central West of NSW between Greenethorpe and Grenfell. This is a long disused branch line from Koorawatha, on the Blayney to Demondrille line.

Gippsland’s local Federal Member of Parliament “Darren Chester”, the Minister of Veteran Affairs, recently secured a $267,000 grant for the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail to fund improvements to this iconic rail trail.

A dedicated group has set its goal to establish a multi-purpose recreational trail between Castlemaine and Maryborough.

The community organisation New England Rail Trail Inc. (NERTinc), established to develop the New England Rail Trail, has created a crowd funding page to raise funds for their Business Plan.

Rail Trails Australia continues to push for faster progress on building rail trails in NSW, and has just launched a new A4-size full-colour flyer.

The romantic notion of railways, transporting goods and people, for business or leisure, all over the land, linked by a ribbon of steel and connecting far-away communities has been consistent dream of children, authors and dreamers for the better part of 200 years.

The City of Greater Bendigo,  in partnership with communityvibe, is currently preparing a plan to guide the development and sustainable management of the O’Keefe Rail Trail.

A new paper on Active Transport for SE Queensland includes support for a Boonah - Ipswich trail to make Ipswich a major active recreation hub by linking the existing heavily utilised Brisbane Valley Rail Trail to the SE Queensland weekend destination of Boonah.

The City of Kalamunda in Western Australia has recently completed upgrades to the southern part of the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail.

The Committee and members of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Inc. (in Queensland) travelled south to visit the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail over several days in October.

Construction of the Howard Springs to Coolalinga Shared Cycle Path in the Northern Territory was completed in December 2019.

Victoria's Central Goldfields Shire Council's new Integrated Transport Strategy importantly includes more traditional bike tourism, with the shire to liaise with the state government about protecting all non-operational railway corridors for future use as shared trails.

South Australia's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in partnership with the City of Unley has developed a concept plan to substantially upgrade the Mike Tuter Bikeway.

Adelaide Hills Council has received $2.6 million of Federal funding to complete stage 4 of the popular Amy Gillett Bikeway Bikeway Rail Trail from Mount Torrens to Birdwood.

Momentus news was received this week --- the second rail trail on a former government rail line in NSW willl become a reality with the passage of legislation for two section of the proposed Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

In collaboration with the Shires of Beverley, Chittering, Dandaragan, Gingin, Northam, Toodyay and York, the WA Department of Transport is developing a Regional Cycling Strategy for the Avon and Central Coast region.

At a meeting in late September 2020, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) endorsed a budget allocation for landholder consultations along the proposed Cootamundra to Tumblong Rail Trail.

The potential of the Pippita Trail has been identified and rapid initial progress has been made by a group of local cyclists. The enthusiastic group mapped and collated information on the forgotten route and presented this to Cumberland Council’s August 2020 meeting.

Details have been published on the completion of the remaining section of the Bright-Harrietville trail, including maps of the proposed route.

A dangerous intersection at Kroemer's Crossing, at the Tanunda end of the Barossa Rail Trail in South Australia, has been made safer for all users with the opening of a new large roundabout.

A restored former Victorian Railway’s wagon can now be admired on the O'Keefe Rail Trail due to the efforts of a local community group.

The extension to the North East Rail Trail is set to go ahead after a key funding component – $1.47 million in federal government support – was re-confirmed.

The Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail Management Committee last month finalised the management plan for the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail in Victoria.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire in Victoria is reviewing its bike strategy. Rail Trails Australia was somewhat involved in 2010 when the Council did their last strategic review.

The proposed Richmond Vale Rail Trail (RVRT) near Newcastle NSW would be a wonderful rail trail. The Trail is a long disused colliery railway from the coastal city of Newcastle across Hexham Wetlands, through bush and farmland, through three beautiful brick-lined tunnels, numerous cuttings and over several bridges to reach the town of Kurri Kurri, which is on the doorstep of the Lower Hunter wine region.

The Queensland State Government and Bundaberg Council have announced a project that will deliver a rail trail connecting Bundaberg to Gin Gin, linking the existing Sharon Rail Trail and Watawa Trail.

Funding of $1.25 million over two years has been set aside in Queensland's Logan City Council’s 2020/2021 Budget to progress the project as detailed planning of the trail nears completion.

After lots of work over a few years the extension of the Great Southern Rail Trail has been approved and funded by a combination of South Gippsland Shire Council and grant funding.

Rail Trails Australia has now introduced a new solution for lovers of rail trails with some time on their hands --- jigsaw puzzles!  SOLD OUT - WILL ADVISE WHEN NEXT AVAILABLE

The Great Victorian Rail Trail (GVRT) has recently benefited from the efforts of two Landcare Groups who have undertaken revegetation work to take advantage of ideal planting conditions.

As we wait for the legislation to go through NSW parliament for Tweed Valley Rail Trail corridor to be transfered to crown land, the Casino to Bentley section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail (NRRT) moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

Over an extended period, Tallangatta and Bonegilla High Country Rail Trail volunteers and staff from Parklands Albury Wodonga have been working on a project to enhance the experience of trail users.

The three councils responsible for the Great Victorian Rail Trail (GVRT) have engaged with Tourism North East to deliver a Strategic Development Plan for this iconic rail trail.

The Wakefield Regional Council in the mid north of South Australia, has opened the 26km Copper Rail Trail from Port Wakefield to Balaklava. This trail will link with the existing 11km Shamus Liptrot Rail Trail and an 18km trail along backroads to Leasingham on the Riesling Rail Trail.

Users of the Bellarine Rail Trail in Victoria are relieved to see the completion of the new Drysdale Bypass road project.

With the success of the nearby Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail in attracting tourists now clear, business owners and local stakeholders headed by the Batlow Development League gathered in Batlow on 17 June 2020 to promote the next steps in developing their long-awaited rail trail to Tumut.

The $2.5m Barossa Adventure Station was officially opened on 4 July 2020. The Barossa Council and the community are to be congratulated for their vision to create a destination that complements the beauty and adventure of the rail trail journey.

A new extension to the Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail will provide safe and convenient access for pedestrians and cyclists through Station Quarter, linking the trail from Braithwaite street to the Yeppoon foreshore.

Cessnock City Council (CCC) recently released their Trails Strategy. The Strategy was developed by CCC and by Tredwell Management to "provide a vision for the region’s trails network with a consistent policy framework to guide development and management of trails across the Local Government Area (LGA)".

Lake Macquarie and Newcastle City Councils are showing what can be done when it comes to building great facilities, including rail trails, for cyclists.

We are always on the look out for interesting information relating to our country's rail history.  Here is some interesting information from Western Australia.

The Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail Management Committee have drafted a management plan for the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail in Victoria.

As we moved towards the end of Autumn, there have been some absolutely perfect days for getting out on the rail trails --- it is okay to do this now in most states across Australia.

Cyclists, walkers and riders who visit the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail in future will be able to enjoy a new twenty kilometre adjoining trail thanks to $4.5m in funding from the Victorian Government.

The Tweed Valley Rail Trail section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail in NSW had a funding boost from $6.5M to $7.8M when Tweed MP Geoff Provest confirmed funding and the NSW government’s commitment to building the Rail Trail.

A key section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, the Brassall Bikeway, has reopened.

Golden Plains Shire Council has secured a $500,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund to deliver the Three Trails Project.

The District Council of Mount Remarkable will match the South Australian Governments Opens Space and Places for People Grant of $100,000 toward the expansion of the Southern Flinders Ranges Rail Trail from Melrose to Booleroo Centre.

The NSW Government Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has announced a $75,000 funding boost towards the Richmond Vale Rail Trail Project, west of Newcastle in NSW.

COVID-19 has changed our lives. Social distancing and semi-lockdowns have become the norm but there are other social changes occurring that are beneficial.  

The Adelaide Hills Council has identified an extension of the Amy Gillett Rail Trail as a Priority Project

The City of Kalamunda has announced they will be closing the Kalamunda Zig Zag scenic drive to vehicles from 30 May 2020. The closure will initially be a six month trial which will be used to gauge community support.

After nearly two decades of hard work by the community, the 21km rail trail officially opened today – the first rail trail on a government corridor in NSW.

Community members have been worked together to design and install a marvellous collection of photo panels.

Rail Trails Australia is very pleased to advise that the Victorian guidebook has been updated to cover new rail trail developments.

Building a rail trail in North East Tasmania has moved an important step forward with the State Government handing over control of the public land corridor to Dorset Council.

Four yet-to-be-developed rail trails in regional NSW have recently renewed their efforts to progress financing, planning and construction.

A former Victorian Railway’s wagon can now be admired at the Axedale station site well into the future.

The Committee has finalised our Rail Trails Australia Strategy for 2020-2022

Be part of history at the opening of NSW's first rail trail on a government corridor. 

The inaugural Kotta to Lockington Rail Trail Fun Run will take place on Saturday 28 March 2020. Proceeds of the Fun Run go towards helping with the establishment of the Lockington to Kotta Rail Trail.

Last Saturday the 7.5km Stage 1a of the Yarra Valley Trail from Lilydale to Yering was officially opened.

The very popular Fernleigh Track – Adamstown to Belmont Rail Trail is set to be extended following receipt of NSW State government funding.

Pedestrians and cyclists in Yeppoon are set to benefit from a $455,000 extension to the Pineapple Capricorn Coast Rail Trail thanks to funding from the Queensland Government.

The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail is still on track to be completed in time for the official opening on Friday 3 April this year, despite the horrendous bush fires that raced through the district.

It may be a little difficult carrying an #EmptyEsky on your bike, but you can still make a #RoadTripforGood using a rail trail as the foundation for your trip.

Cycle Dindi 20 is a family friendly bike ride along the Great Victorian Rail Trail on 4 April 2020.

Thanks to a merry band of Tablelanders, the shared use trail from Platypus Park Station to Hasties Road in Qld is now a lot more inviting to cyclists, walkers and runners!

Long serving members of the East Gippsland Rail Trail (EGRT) Committee of Management were recognised through an award from the Victorian Government

New tourist attraction signs raise awareness of the Great Victorian Rail Trail

CANCELLED for 2020

The Mary Valley Rail Trail Easter Fun Run is happening on 11 April 2020.