Join us to celebrate the renewal of Currumbin’s 113-year-old ex-railway bridge. (South Coast Rail Trail, Gold Coast)

Come and celebrate the$3 million renewal of Currumbin’s 113-year-old ex-railway bridge.this Sunday, Novemeber 27 2016

The celebration will be held on the southern side of the bridge.

Free community event.

Live music | Kids’ activities | Morning tea

When         Sunday 27 November 2016,     9.30am – 11.30am

Where      165 Duringan Street  Currumbin

Enter from the Currumbin RSL carpark.

Parking will be limited so please ride, scoot, skate, walk or carpool to the event. BYO chair, hat and sunscreen.

 

For more information about the rail trail , click HERE

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Wulkuraka to Wanora opens along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

The Queensland Government has opened the section from Brassal to Wanora in November 2016, making the total length of the Lower and Upper section of the BVRT now 133km.

It is now possiable to to catch a interurban train to Wulkuraka then ride the 85km to Toogoolawah along the BVRT

The frist 5km travels along a concrete pathway and includes three new bridges ,while the next 17km is gravel and conrete creek crossing.

The ride is mostly flat with a litttle climb up Pine Mountain.

While the first section does travel through built up area , there are no toilets along the 22km section and water is only available in the park along the rail trail at Brassall.

Please take care crossing the Brisbane Valley Highway .

For more information about the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Click HERE

For Public transport information to the rail trail visit Translink

 

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Rail Trails Australia 2016 AGM

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RTA committee and volunteers with Rob and Angela from CycleWayz having a break on a recent orientation day.

Rail Trails Australia members and supporters are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting of Rail Trails Australia. It will be held on Friday, 11th November from 6.30 pm at the North Carlton Community Centre, in the former North Carlton Railway Station building in Solly Avenue, North Carlton. This is located on the Inner Circle Rail Trail.

Our guest speakers this year will be the team from Australian Cycling Holidays and the CycleWayz App, giving an insight into their amazing world-wide cycle adventures.

Recently, Rail Trails Australia has established a strategic alliance with CycleWayz to co-develop guide notes & maps for use on many of Australia’s rail trails.
These will be available free of charge to be used on-line or off-line via the app on a smartphone/tablet.

Check out the app – http://australiancyclingholidays.com.au/cyclewayz/ – download it from the app store and come to hear more about it from Angela & Rob.

We look forward to seeing you on the 11th!

If you would like to attend, we would appreciate a RSVP to the Secretary, Frank Kinnersley to assist in planning for numbers.
E: secretary@railtrails.org.au
P: 03 9306 4846

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Great Southern Rail Trail Relaunch – 26 November 2016

Great Southern 2016 logo webCelebrate the re-launch of the Great Southern Rail Trail, cycle, walk or horse ride from Leongatha to Port Welshpool, or from Port Welshpool to Leongatha.

Meet half way – in the lovely Fish Creek
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 – 11AM
Fish Creek Station Site, off Falls Rd (below the Community Garden)
Rail Trail Delights showcase, music and food.

Travel the entire 72km of the trail, or choose to experience shorter segments. Explore the regions towns and delight in the unique stories and experiences they offer.

A full description of the rail trail here.

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The South Gippsland Shire Council is pleased to invite you to official relaunch of the Great Southern Rail Trail and acknowledge the completion of the redevelopment project.

Officiating the relaunch will be Ms Harriet Shing, MP, Member for Eastern Victoria.

The total cost of the project was approximately $4.75m and was delivered over three stages. The with the State Government providing grant funding of $3 million with Council providing approximately $1.75m.

The project included a 18.5 kilometre extension of the trail from Foster to Port Welshpool and the development of the Black Spur section missing 2.6 km link between Koonwarra and Minns Road Meeniyan. This has now creates a seamless 71 kilometre trail between Leongatha and Port Welshpool in South Gippsland.

Also included in the project is the development of an extension marketing campaign and installation of promotional signage for the entire trial which showcases the regions assets.

The opening will be on Saturday 26 November 2016 and will commence at 11.30am at the John Terrill Memorial Park located on the GSRT, Corner Keanes and Falls Roads, Fish Creek .

Council do hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate this significant milestone for the region.

We look forward to welcoming you to South Gippsland for this special opening.

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Come and enjoy the 2016 Atherton Bike Fest on the Rail Trail

Come and join us for a celebration of cycling! and enjoy riding the Rail Trail during the 2016 Bike Fest Saturday 21 – 23 October 2016.

Join the Twilight Ride Friday at 6pm

The BikeFest will have something for everyone: kids, families, newcomers, die-hard cyclists, spectators and bike industry reps, including:

Gran Foodo long distance road ride Atherton Bike Logo
Urban Downhill
Cyclocross
Audax
Twilight rides
Trials riding displays
Family treasure hunt ride
Guided MTB rides with locals
Epic MTB ride
Skills clinics
Kids’ bike activities
Bike expo
BMX regional carnival (spectators welcome!)
Bike movie and pizza night

and heaps more!!

TCS will have the bike buddy bikes, and e-bike for people to try, along a section of the rail trail.

When Friday 21 October – Sunday 23 October 2016

Time Refer to the link below.

Where Railway Lane Atherton

For more information about the Bike Fest click HERE

For information and Maps about the Atherton rail trail click HERE

 

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Sealing Continues for the South Burnett Rail Trail

Another 9 Km of the rail trail has been sealed, before rain once again has stopped progress to this project.

Aroung 20% of the 44km sealed section of the rail trail now has been sealed.

For more information and maps click HERE

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Tasmanian Rail Trail Legislation Needs Your Support

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The long disused rail line passes through many communities that would benefit from the rail trail, including Lilydale.

Legislation to enable further development of rail trails in Tasmania has passed the lower house but is facing opposition in the Upper House. When the legislation is passed it will mean that non-operational Tasmanian rail corridors can be repurposed for recreational (non-rail) use.

The legislation is most relevant for the planned 70km extension of the popular North East Tasmania Rail Trail from Scottsdale back towards Launceston. This extension has full local, state and federal government support, and federal government funding. The legislstion will also allow several other planned rail trails including the Burnie to Wynyard in north west Tasmania.

This is urgent because of the North East Tasmania Rail Trail’s federal government funding coming due in December. The Dorset Council need to ‘substantially commence’ work before then to keep the funding.

The Tasmanian government’s support is outlined in this press release. Bicycle Network have been working strongly in support of the legislation and have additional background here.

Naturally some people would like to see the rail service returned but the industries that supported this in past decades are no longer there, which is all the more reason for greater tourism for the economy of the region. They also hope for a tourist rail service but there has never been serious investigation of this, even when the rail line was open. Many existing tourist railways in Tasmania and other states of a much shorter distance already face financial challenges.

The very scenic undulating nature of Tasmania means that it is generally not practical to put a trail beside the rail line.

Importantly rail trails keep a continuous corridor intact should there ever be a need for rail service again in the future.

We urge rail trail supporters to contact upper house members and point out the benefits rail trails have brought to regions in other states.

Suggested MLCs to contact are:

  • ivan.dean@parliament.tas.gov.au
  • kerry.finch@parliament.tas.gov.au
  • ruth.forrest@parliament.tas.gov.au
  • tony.mulder@parliament.tas.gov.au
  • tania.rattray@parliament.tas.gov.au
  • rob.valentine@parliament.tas.gov.au

The rail trail is in Tania Rattray’s electorate.

It should be noted that a well constructed rail trail can be used by all members of the community including the very young in prams and those limited to mobility scooters.

 

 

 

 

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Gayndah Heritage Railway and Rail Trail fundraiser event

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Come and Support the the Gayndah Heritage Railway and Rail Trail fundraising event this Saturday at the Gayndah Railway Station.GBRRT IMAGE

Where: Gayndah Station, National Street, Gayndah.

When: Saturday 17 September 2016

Time: 8 am – 2 pm

View the vintage wooden rollingstock, the M class Sunlander Carriages and restored Flat top trollies.

Many members will be there to answer any of your questions .

For more information Ph 0741 611 308 or 0741 611 891

 

 

 

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Upcoming events on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Saturday Sept 10th

Come and enjoy a guided ride from Esk to Toogoolawah (and return) on Saturday Sept 10 2016 to visit the Toogoolawah Museum for the official hand over of a Les Cecil Bicycle to the Museum.

Les Cecil was a local Toogoolawah lad with many cycling achievements to his credit back in the day when famous, professional cyclists were celebrated across the nation. Apart from many other long distance record-breaking cycling feats, the bicycle was used in the Federal Government’s specially commissioned long-distance bicycle ride from Cairns to Canberra in 1951 to mark 50 years of Federation. Les Cecil collected Pledges of Allegiance to the Queen along the way, which were carried in an army truck that accompanied him.

Sunday 11 Sept.

Ride from Linville to Blackbutt for the annual Bloomin Beautiful Blackbutt Festival.

Cycle from Linville on a beautiful section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail up to the Bloomin’ Beautiful Blackbutt Festival at Blackbutt, spend a couple of hours enjoying the festival, have lunch at the famous Blackbutt Bakery

Information about the festival can be found HERE

Saturday Sept 24

Lowood Railway Station to State Heritage listed Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge.

Walk 8 km to the heritage Lockyer Bridge. Bring your morning tea/ lunch as you pause at the bridge

Saturday Oct. 1

BVRT by night; ASTRO NIGHT.

Join us for an astrophotography/star-gazing night along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail at Jacaranda Hill, Coal Creek (north of Esk) on Saturday evening, 1st October from 5pm.

The light pollution is minimal at Coal Creek & ideal for night/astrophotography. Bring along a plate of something to share, your own chair, tripod & telescopes & have a bite to eat, or photograph the sunset, as we prepare for a great night of viewing the Milky Way, practicing Star Trails, astrophotography & planet-spotting until around 11:30pm/midnight.

For more information about any of the above events please email mlinnett@railtrails.org.au

These events are being conducted by several groups so please indicate which event/s that you require more infromation for

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Wulkuraka to Brassall opens ( Brisbane Valley Rail Trail)

BVRT OPENING 2016

The next stage of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail opened on August 20 2016 in Ipswich

This section of the BVRT now starts at the QLD RAIL station of Wulkuraka and continues to Brassall crossing over 3 bridges and is a concrete the entire length with lighting also provided.This is a vital link in the completion of the full BVRT, with the next stage from Brassall to Wonora expected to open in a few months.

For updates and information about the BVRT click HERE

Ipswich City Council Mayor Paul Pisasale with Councillor Cheryl Bromage (Chairperson of the City Infrastructure Committee) cutting the ribbon at Brassall BVRT with Somerset Regional Mayor Graeme Lehmann and Ipswich West MP Jim Madden also attending. PHOTO: STEVE LOVE

 

 

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