NSW Rail Trails Can Take a Step Closer With Your Help

The rail corridor near Gundagai has been disused for several decades and could again serve the community as the proposed Murrumbidgee Valley Rail Trail. (Jan 2009)

On the 23rd of September 2009 the NSW Transport Minister, Mr David Campbell, introduced legislation into Parliament that will enable the construction of rail trails in NSW on disused government railway lines.

At the moment this is prohibited so this legislation is a vital step in allowing NSW communities to enjoy the benefits of rail trails like those in all the other states and overseas. And there are some wonderful rail trails proposed that when developed will be able to be enjoyed by all Australians. Refer List here.

However the legislation is facing opposition, critically in the upper house. Now is the time for all rail trail supporters to write to the government, opposition parties and the media, and express your support for the development of rail trails on disused rail trails NOW.

Write to Minister Campbell and thank him for having the courage and foresight to introduce this timely and necessary change.

Write to the Greens’ Ms Lee Rhiannon MLC

The Greens support an expansion of cycling infrastructure and retention of rail corridors.

Write to the leader of the Nationals in the upper house Mr Duncan Gay MLC

We understand the Victorian Nationals have been long-term supporters of Rail Trails and bicycle infrastructure in regional communities and would hope that the NSW Nationals can do the same.

The corridors, which local groups have been working on for many years to have rail trails developed, have been disused for at least several decades. Using a corridor as a rail trails ensures that what is left of them now is preserved (some have already been cut by development). The legislation specifically allows for a rail service to be restored should the need arise.

The following questions and answers were provided by the Transport Minister’s office. A link to the proposed legislation follows.


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