Good news for rail trail development in Far North Queensland
Posted on 27/02/22
Mareeba Shire Council have recently announced the upgrade of 8km of rail trails. This good news comes some 9 years after the development of the Atherton Tableland Rail Trail (ATRT) which runs for 20.5km from Atherton to Walkamin.
On 16 February 2022, Mareeba Shire Mayor Angela Toppin welcomed FNQ RTA representative Peter Tuck and Sixties and Over (SAO) cyclists group to Council Chambers. The group visited council to celebrate the announcement of upcoming works which are part of Council’s 3 year Parks and Open Spaces Action Plan.
It is expected that the trail upgrade will be in 3 stages, ie. 8 km from Mareeba township to Mareeba Airport in this financial year and a further 8 km from the airport to Walkamin in the next 2 years.
This upgrade will ultimately result in a total network distance of 36km of the ATRT which also links to a shared use trail (under construction on the southern side of Atherton) and managed by Atherton Herberton Historic Rail Inc.
We congratulate Mareeba Shire Council for taking the initiative to invest in the region’s rail trails!