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Barry Holt passed away on the 31st of December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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%.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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