North East Tasmania Rail Trail Open to Scottsdale

At the end of November 2015 the Scottsdale to Tonganah section of the North East Tasmania Rail Trail was officially opened  As part of this work the trail surface for the existing section from Tonganah to Billycock Hill was also upgraded.

So there is now 26km of good standard rail trail traversing picturesque farming land and amazing fern filled forest to enjoy.

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and the people that contributed 3000 hours of voluntary labour to make this a reality.  The Tasmania Community Fund provided funding and the Dorset Council provided some assistance.

Following the announcemtn of $1.47m in federal government funding, the Dorset Council is also working on extending the rail trail 70km back to Launceston.

Full details and a map here in our North East Rail Trail description.

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The Rotary Club of Scottsdale continued their form with an impressive stage for the 200 people at the opening. (Malcolm Cowan)

 

 

 

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O’Keefe Rail Trail Offically Opened to Heathcote (Victoria)

Following the unofficial opening of the 21km section of the O’Keefe Rail Trail from Axedale to Heathcote in August 2015, it was given the recognition that it deserves with an official opening in late December.

Over 100 people gathered at Heathcote to see the unveiling of the plaque commerorating this opening by Jacinta Allan, Member for Bendigo East and Minister for Public Transport and Employment, and Mayor Cr Rod Fyffe City of Greater Bendigo.

This officially brings the total length of the rail trail to a high quality 50km, as previous works in this project also included a big improvement to the existing Bendigo to Axedale section.

Congratulations to the Victorian government and the City of Greater Bendigo, who contributed $1.9m and $1.3m respectively to this project. This project has seen a significant increase in the number of people getting out exercising and enjoying the countryside and regional towns. Congratulations also to community groups, particularly the Friends of the Bendigo Kilmore Rail Trail, which also have made a big contribution to the rail trail.

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Representatives of the key parties at the plaque; Mayor Rod Fyffe, Friends group president Garry Long and Minister Jacinta Allan. (Les Lewis)

More detail and a map on our O’Keefe Rail Trail description.

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Rail Trails Australia members survey

RA logo portrait RGB smallRail Trails Australia is a volunteer not-for-profit member-based organisation and we are again seeking the views of our paid members about our work.

The views of people interested inn rail trail development but not financial members of Rail Trails Australia would also be welcome.

As a volunteer organisation we also invite you to be involved with our work.

Click here for the link to the 5 minute survey.

The survey will close on the 15th January 2016.

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Fallen Trees along the Blakbutt to Benarkin Section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

There are several fallen Trees along the Blakbutt to Benarkin Section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Please use care while using this section on the BVRT.

It is still safe to use this section of the BVRT and all remaining section of the trail are open.23 NOV 2105

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Join the Ipswich Bushwalkers club on the Brisbane Valley Rail trail

Don’t own a horse, Dont ridea bike, Well here is your chance to walk a section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Join the Ipswich Bushwalkers hike along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail from Wanora – Fernvale (7.6kms) on Sunday 29 November. This hike will be one-way .

Meet on the corner of Nicholas & South St’s in the Ipswich CBD at 7am for car-pooling to Wanora; alternately, people are free to meet the group on site at Wanora Rd, Wanora for a 7:30am start.

Members of the public walking for the first time with the group must fill out an Ipswich Bushwalker’s registration form.  Registration link

The introductory join fee is $5 (cash only), to be paid to Russell on the morning of the walk. Morning Tea will be at the Old Fernvale Bakery. The walk is expected to be approximately 3hrs in duration (7:30am start; aiming to finish by 10:30am).

For more information please contact  Russell Baker  07 3282 5534

For maps and information about the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail click HERE

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Lilydale to Yarra Glen Rail Trail Survey

One of the most obvious “gaps” in the Victorian rail trail network to be filled is the 12km extension to Yarra Glen of the popular Lilydale – Warburton Rail Trail .

After many years of work on this extension, the Shire of Yarra Ranges is proposing it be constructed as the first stage of the Yarra Valley Trail. The Yarra Valley Trail would create a loop using the rail trail and aqueduct trails to link Lilydale, Yarra Glen, Healesville and Warburton.

Further to the survey a few weeks ago, the Shire of Yarra Ranges is seeking public comment on the Yarra Valley Trail through an online survey here. The survey contains a map showing detail of the proposed trail.

So take this opportunity to tell the council how good it would be to extend the rail trail onto Yarra Glen. The survey will close on the 24th December 2015.

Full details of the rail trail are in our trail description here.

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Lilydale: the Warburton Rail Trail at right and the long unused rail line to Yarra Glen at left, hopefully soon also to be rail trail.
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Rail Trail Near Margaret River Western Australia Extended

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River will be officially opening the recently completed 4.5km extension of the Wadandi Track (Busselton – Flinders Bay Rail Trail) from Gnarawary Road to Redgate Road, Witchcliffe on Saturday 14 November at 10.15am. The opening will be held just south of Gnarawary Road and be followed by a leisurely walk/ride to Witchcliffe, where the Witchcliffe Vintage Fair will be underway. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Several parts of this new section of trail have not been built on the original railway alignment; The map on this website will be completed / updated when the detail becomes available

Preparation of a brochure with a map for the constructed section of trail between Cowaramup and Witchcliffe is nearing completion.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River are awaiting advice from Lotterywest about grant funding for a 4.2km southerly extension of the trail to Hadley Road.

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Rail Trails Australia 2015 AGM

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River will be officially opening the recently completed 4.5km extension of the Wadandi Track (Busselton – Flinders Bay Rail Trail) from Gnarawary Road to Redgate Road, Witchcliffe on Saturday 14 November at 10.15am.  The opening will be held just south of Gnarawary Road and be followed by a leisurely walk/ride to Witchcliffe, where the Witchcliffe Vintage Fair will be underway.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Several parts of this new section of trail have not been built on the original railway alignment; The map on this website will be completed / updated when the detail becomes available

Preparation of a brochure with a map for the constructed section of trail between Cowaramup and Witchcliffe is nearing completion.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River are awaiting advice from Lotterywest about grant funding for a 4.2km southerly extension of the trail to Hadley Road. 

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Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail Survey

The 40km Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is one of Australia’s most popular rail trails. This is your chance to provide feedback to the rail trail managers, the Shire of Yarra Ranges, as they have an online survey seeking your comment.

It is also an opportunity to tell them how good it would be to extend the rail trail onto Yarra Glen.

Full details of the rail trail are in our trail description here.

This is the link to the survey here. Note it closes on November 6th.

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Woady Yallock bridge
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Caution needed on the Lower Brisbane Valley Rail Trail due to storm damage

Users of the Fernvale to Lowood section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail are asked to use caution ,due to a major super cell storm that hit this area on Tuesday 27 October,

Winds of 150km/h hit the area and several trees are down along the Fernvale to Lowood section of the rail trail.

The rail trail is open, but some large trees  have fallen across the trail.

Updates will be posted as the rail trail is clear of all damage trees and roofing materials 22 Nov 2015

 

 

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