Last year Somerset Regional Council was successful in securing matching funding from the Qld Government to upgrade some sections of the trail. The $2.1m project will upgrade the surface from Fernvale to Lowood (9.2 km) and north and south of Coominya (5.1 km). Sections within the towns will be concreted to provide an all-weather surface.
In January this year the BVRT received an additional $2.38 million under federal and state funded bushfire recovery programs for concrete surfacing and solar lighting in Esk and Toogoolawah; upgrades of parking areas in in towns along the BVRT to make the trail more accessible to visitors; and improvements to facilities in the town of Moore, which will also be great for visitors on the BVRT. See this link to the Somerset Regional Councils press release for the latest round of funding.
Currently Australia’s longest rail trail, the BVRT follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail line and winds through farmland, forests and country towns, providing an off-road climb up the valley for cyclists, walkers and horse riders.
For a full report, see the forthcoming autumn’s edition of Rail Trail Connections.