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This project has the potential to increase tourism in the area. Small towns could benefit.
Take the example of Linville on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, it has boomed in recent years. Not only are bike riders increasing the visitor numbers, car owners and horse riders are adding to visitor numbers.
The only disadvantage for NERT is the lack of a nearby large population base to provide for users.
A long shot would be extension to Armidale, then back roads to Thunderbolts Way, through Port Steven’s cutting, Nundle, Timor, Scone and you have the potential for a major bike race!

This will be a great boost for New England. Riders will be able to ride through the longest hand cut railway cutting in Australia. It took years to dig and the Rail Trail will honour the work of the people who worked on it. When the Armidale to Ben Lomond section is completed riders from Sydney will be able to travel up by train and the ride in the magnificent New England.

I recommend that a start be also made from the other end. Tenterfield to Wallangarra is ripe for a Rail Trail. Tenterfield is already bike conscious with established and forthcoming Mountain Bike trails. Wallangarra is gateway to the bike friendly Girraween National Park. With some smooth negotiating Queensland may help fund the top end of the New England Rail Trail. This will bring many more visitors to Tenterfield and the beautiful Girraween.

This section of the NERT has the potential to reinvigorate Ben Lomond (pop.150ish).
Maybe a shop (currently, there's none at all) will spring up to serve cyclists coming up from Glen Innes.
Looking forward to the commencement of construction.

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