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30 km ride on Saturday 25 March.

The 16 km section of trail between Queenscliff and Drysdale was opened on Saturday 12 February 2000.

The Bright to Myrtleford section of the Murray to Mountains Railtrail was opened on Thursday 10 February.

Railtrails Australia has new phone and fax numbers.

The Light Railway Research Society will be conducting a walk on former tramways in the West Warburton area on Sunday 16 April 2000.

Railtrails Australia has recently undertaken a planning process to look at long term goals and strategies for the organisation.

Updates on the Warburton Trail, Bonnie Doon Bridge and Yea railtrails.

The first Australian Tracks and Trails Conference will be held in Victoria from 11 to 13 May 2000.

The third annual Mirboo North to Boolarra Rail Trail Ride will be held on Sunday 7 May 2000.

News on railtrail developments in News South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.

The Benalla by election on May 13 represents a chance for the candidates to support the proposal for a railtrail from Yea to Mansfield.

Railtrails were well covered at the First Australian Tracks and Trails Conference held near Mansfield between 11 and 13 May. Vince Aitkin from Railtrails Australia presented a paper on "Railtrails Linking Communities".

The annual ride between Boolarra and Mirboo North took place on 7 May 2000.

The Bass Coast Shire has been highly commended in the 1999 Heart Foundation Local Government Awards for the Anderson to Wonthaggi Rail Trail.

The Warburton Trail is conducting a user survey, to our knowledge the first such survey conducted on an Australian railtrail.

Work continues on the next section of the East Gippsland Rail Trail. Reports from Gippsland Plains, Great Southern and Walhalla Goldfields railtrails. Plans for an Gippsland Rail Trail newsletter.

Sealing of the East Gippsland Rail Trail is under way. Progress on the Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail.

The NSW Government is supporting a new railtrail between Turana to Oberon utilising the "trails between rails" concept.

In answer to a question in Victorian Parliament, the Minister for Environment and Conservation stated that funding has not been provided for railtrails in the 2000-01 budget but $975,000 has been provided for two specific railtrail development projects.

The development of rail trails in New South Wales received a boost with an agreement reached on the principles of development for the Tarana - Oberon Track.

The Colac Otway Shire has decided to implement the Beechy line Railtrail Concept Plan.

Developement of the Willunga Railtrail continues with the restoration of the former railway bridge over the Onkaparinga River. The Willunga Railtrail runs through Adelaide's southern suburbs.

A short trailtrail has been constructed in the town of Mansfield to link the visitor information centre with a local nature reserve.

The next section of The Great Southern Rail Trail between Meeniyan and Stony Creek should be completed in the next 6-8 weeks, weather permitting.

October is packed with railtrail events in Victoria - two trail rides and a bike show.

iltrails were well represented at the bike show in Melbourne on Sunday 15 October.

Information from the First National Tracks and Trails Conference held in Mansfield in May is now available on-line at the Tourism Victoria web site.

Railtrails Australia is looking for someone to maintain our subscriber database. We are also looking for a news editor for the web site. Can you help?

The Minister for Conservation, Sherryl Garbut has notified the Warburton Trail's committee that the Government will not to allow construction of the railtrail on the original alignment into Lilydale. A protest rally is being organised on Sunday 19 November 2000.

On Monday 13 November Mark Plummer, founder of Railtrails Australia briefed representatives from several New South Wales State Government Agencies on railtrails.

Railtrails Australia is developing standards for signage on railtrails. We are looking for interested parties to participate in this proces.

The Committee of Management and Friends of the Warburton Trail appeal for your support to save this trail after a decision by the Minister for Environment and Conservation.

While railtrails are generally developed along abandoned railway corridors, the term "railtrail" can also describe trails built beside operating railways within the railway easement. A group is promoting the development of a trail from Mt Victoria to Katoomba.

"Bridge the Gap" was the resounding message protesters delivered to the Minister for Conservation & Environment Sherryl Garbutt and the Mount Lilydale College.

The information below was provided by the Warburton Rail Trail Committee of Management.