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N34 308 First sod ceremony 2019 04 10 Owen Fitzgerald Greg AplinAfter more than 15 years of effort from rail trail supporters, construction has finally started on the first rail trail in NSW on the formation of a former government railway.

Last week Member for Albury Justin Clancy and former Member for Albury Greg Aplin joined Snowy Valleys Council Mayor Cr James Hayes in turning the first sod to celebrate the official commencement of construction. Long time rail trail group chairperson Owen Fitzgerald also assisted.

Greg Aplin was instrumental in securing funding of $4,900,000 for the project provided under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure fund and an additional $800,000 from NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Round 2 grants.

Mayor Hayes thanked the NSW Government for its contribution and says the rail trail is expected to be a boon for the region, putting the Snowy Valleys on the national cycling map and attracting more cycling events and tourism. “Once completed the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail will cement our region as a premium cycling destination and the benefits will be felt for years to come,” he said.

The Tumbarumba Friends of Rail Trail and Historical Society were also acknowledged for their passion and commitment in partnering with Snowy Valleys Council to develop the project to construction stage.

A pilot for NSW and a working model for future NSW rail trails, the approximately 22 kilometre rail trail will run between Tumbarumba and Rosewood in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.

The rail trail is expected to be completed by the end of February 2020.

RTA congratulates all involved in state and local government, and particularly the local community groups in getting to this stage.

Click here for full details of the rail trail.

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