An excellent way to finish the year for the Castlemaine-Maryborough Rail Trail
Posted on 29/12/22
Over the next six months the next step towards the potential development of the Castlemaine-Maryborough Rail Trail (CMRT) will occur. After successful funding was gained from a State Government tourism grant, as well as contributions from Local Government, a major feasibility study will be undertaken by Urban Designers FFLA, who are very experienced in developing rail trail studies. Tourism economists Urban Enterprise will also be involved in the study.
On 25 November 2022 representatives from CMRT, as well as members from the sponsoring Councils, provided a briefing to the consultants as the first step in the feasibility study process. There is a terrific summary of the interview conducted by CMRT’s John Carruthers with FFLA Director Tim Fitzgerald at www.cmrailtrail.org.au/trail-experts-say-weve-got-the-right-stuff/ The interview highlights all the stakeholders that need to be considered and consulted in the development of the study and Tim is very keen and excited to find out more about the rich indigenous history of the Moolart Plains.
It is hoped that the study will be completed by mid 2023 and it will reveal the merits, logistics, economic costs and benefits and all the details of planning, construction and regulatory guidelines that need to be covered. Additional consultants from AME Consulting Engineers and quantity surveyors Newton Kerr and Partners will also be involved as the study progresses.
Exciting times ahead as the proposal of the world class 55km trail will be tested by undertaking this important feasibility study that was driven and advocated strongly by Castlemaine-Maryborough Rail Trail Inc.
Glad to hear that the consultants first impressions indicate that “Central Victoria’s got the right stuff”!