Two proposed significant New South Wales rail trails have recently received funding for updated feasibility and business case studies.The NSW member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman, has announced $147,775 in funding to enable studies and reports for the staged construction of the Goulburn Rail Trail. The program will enable the Goulburn Mulwaree Council to engage experts to investigate the project. A new group, the Goulburn Rail Trail Steering Committee headed by Goulburn Mulwaree Councillor Bob Kirk, has been established as part of the renewed push for this much-needed rail trail in southern NSW, located 2 hours from Sydney.
Separately, the Batlow-Tumut Rail Trail group has been provided with funding to complete an update of a previous detailed feasibility study into their proposed rail trail. This update is expected to confirm that the proposed Batlow Rail Trail is one of the most valuable potential tourism assets in the southern NSW region.
Rail Trails Australia welcomes both funding initiatives by the NSW Government. Both funding allocations are recognition of the economic value of rail trails, both for locals and tourists.