With the easing of travel restrictions, Rail Trails Australia president Damian McCrohan, took great delight in meeting with some of the enthusiastic and very capable committee of Monaro Rail Trail Inc last weekend.
First up was a delicious lunch in the maturing regional city of Cooma and detailing experience on other rail trails around Australia while learning about very positive developments on the MRT. The contract for the trail development plan for the first three sections of the MRT (Tralee to Michelago, Nimmitabel to Old Bombala Road and Bombala to Jincumbilly) has been awarded to experienced consultants, Transplan Pty Ltd and Mike Halliburton & Associates. $53,000 has also been received from Boco Rock Community Fund to build the Bombala Precinct Trail which will connect the town to the MRT and be completed in 2022.
Route recommendations, bridge improvements, rest area facilities, fencing, stock crossing requirements as well as bio-security risk assessment and maintenance requirements will be included in the planning.
The experienced consultants who have designed dozens of other rail trails will be making contact with all farmers adjoining the corridor of these three sections to understand and consider their requirements in the trail design.
Damian then met with MRT Inc community members in Bombala which is the southern end of what will be one of Australia’s longest rail trails. They explained how the rail trail will link the railway station precinct with other features of the town such as the river walk along the picturesque Bombala River, and what a boon it will be for social economic and health benefits for the region.