Rail Trails for NSW launches it’s campaign

RTforNSWIn an historic event, the team for “Rail Trails for NSW” launched it’s campaign to have rail trails built on unused government railway corridors in NSW. The campaign co-ordinator John Moore, opened the proceedings by speaking passionately about rail trails, before introducing the Hon. Robyn Parker MP, minister for Heritage and the Environment to officially open the launch. The launch occured in the Fountain Court of the NSW Parliament House. The assembled audience consisted of members of the RT for NSW team, representatives from Rail Trails Australia, State MPs, Mayors and Council staff from local government across NSW, as well as committeee members of various proposed rail trails in NSW.

Robyn Parker MP spoke in support of the concept of rail trails, and has seen how successful they are in other locations.

The Minister for Transport, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, also spoke at the launch, and agreed that the rail trail concept was great, but stated that legislation would need to be changed before any projects can go ahead. She also stated that support from all stakeholders in the  community is required before she could consider giving any approvals for rail trails.  The ministers full speech can be viewed here.

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Transport minister Hon. Gladys Berejiklian addressing the launch in Parliament House

Other speakers at the launch included Damian McCrohan, President of RTA, Steven Kaye Vice President RTA, the Hon. Don Page MP, the Hon. Greg Aplin MP, Glenys Ritchie, councillor Lismore City Council, and Owen Fitzgerald from Tumbarumba. Other presentations were held in the theatrette, including representatives from the Great Victoria Trail and High Country Rail Trails in Victoria.

More detail in the winter issue of Rail Trail Connections.

The campaign will continue, and as John Moore stated on more than one occasion “We are here to win – not lose”

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