Official Rail Trails apparel is now available!
We’re delighted to announce the arrival of our new Rail Trails apparel collection. Developed by the Rail Trails Australia team and available exclusively from Hub Cycling, our collection includes a short sleeve jersey, long sleeve jersey and cycling tee, all made to the highest standards for protection and comfort.
You can feel good about your purchase too. A small percentage of all sales will be donated to Rail Trails Australia, helping us continue in our efforts to develop and promote an Australia-wide rail tail network.
To view and purchase the range please visit HUB CYCLING.
Come and Learn About NSW Rail Trails at the RTA AGM
Rail Trails Australia is pleased to have Tim Coen from Rail Trails for NSW speaking at our Annual General Meeting on Friday 10th November 2017.
The meeting will commence at 6.30 pm at the historic North Carlton Community Centre, in the former North Carlton Railway Station building in Solly Avenue, North Carlton, Melbourne.
Tim, the deputy chair of Rail Trails for NSW, has been and still is a member of Rail Trails Australia and was there at the inception of Rail Trails for NSW. He has had a significant role in finally getting the ball rolling on rail trails in NSW.
It will be well worthwhile to come along and meet fellow rail trail supporters, and hear first-hand about rail trails in NSW. What has happened to date, and what are the plans for NSW with its enormous potential of wonderful rail trails?
All rail trail supporters are welcome. Please let our secretary Frank Kinnersly (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you are attending to ensure we have enough seats.
In conjunction with the AGM, elections will take place for all positions on the Rail Trails Australia committee. New members to the committee are always welcome. If you would like to join the committee and help guide our work please contact the Secretary, Frank Kinnersley, by 4pm 10th November. He will provide a nomination form and explain the process (email@example.com). Please note that nominees must be financial members at both the time of nomination and at time of the AGM. RTA apologises to its members for the late delivery of the magazine which has the official notice for the AGM.
We look forward to seeing a gathering of rail trail supporters Friday 10th.
Grand Opening of the South Burnett Rail Trail Sunday October 1st 2017
Big celebrations are being held along the entire 44km of the South Burnett Rail Trail.
Kingaroy from 6am
The celebration will start in Kingaroy with Lions Fundraiser Breakfast,arts and craft stalls at the Kingaroy station.(Cnr Haly and King St) with the official launch of the trail at 6.30 am.
Official proceedings will comence in Kingaroy with Mayor Keith Campbell launching the South Burnett Rail Trail. The Mayor will pass through town to Commemorate this occasion. The official South Burnett Rail
Trail batton will be relayed along the trail by local running groups.
Wooroolin from 9am
Morning Tea will be avaiable to purchase in the CWA hall.(Alexander Street)
Wondai 11am~1pm Official Launch at 11.30am
The Wondai Art Gallery (Haly St.) will supply a BBQ Lunch,Toasties and Pancakes for a small fee.
Lots of entertainments planed for the Children
Murgon 8am~3pm Official Launch 2pm
Celebration will start at 8am with a 5km fun run,with Festivities continue throughout the day
* Billy Cart Races
*Pig RacesFood Stalls
WATER STATIONS will be available in each of the following towns along the rail trail,
KINGAROY CRAWFORD MEMERAMBI WOOROOLIN TINGOORA WONDAI MURGON
Bike Transport will leave MURGON at 5am Showgrounds tp arrive in Kingaroy for the 6am opening proceedings.
Transport will leave Kingaroy at 12noon and 3pm back to Murgon Booking MUST be made by contacting the Kingaroy Visitor Information Centre 07 4189 9172
A shuttle bus will run from Murgon to Kingaroy throughout the day For times drop into one of the Visitor Information Centre Kingaroy 4189 9172 Wondai 4189 9251 Murgon 4189 9387
Why not stay an extra day and ride the Kilkivan to Murgon Rail Trail.
For information about this trail click HERE
Australia Longest Rail Trail is on its way. Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
SOMERSET will soon be home to Australia’s longest rail trail with the Federal Government today confirming Somerset Regional Council was successful with a grant application to complete the historic Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
The Australian Government today announced it will provide funding of $1.45 million to Council to complete upgrades to the rail trail from Toogoolawah to Moore.
Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said this was fantastic news for the region.
“We could not be happier with the outcome and what this will do for our region in terms of tourism, growth and economic development,” Cr Lehmann said.
“We are very appreciative of the federal government in seeing the immense value that completing the trail will have on our region.
“This really is wonderful news for all of Somerset and we are so excited about the outcome.”
When complete the rail trail will measure 160km and 80% of the rail trail will be within Somerset Regional Council’s boundary.
The trail travels through Somerset, South Burnett, Toowoomba Regional and Ipswich City local government areas linking towns and communities and benefitting associated businesses in Wulkuraka, Fernvale, Lowood, Coominya, Esk, Toogoolawah, Harlin, Moore, Linville, Benarkin, Blackbutt and Yarraman.
“Council recognised the economic benefits of a completed rail trail early on and agreed to take over management of the trail if it was completed to an acceptable standard,” Cr Lehmann said.
“Council knew early on that it could not accept a sub-standard upgrade of the rail trail, as the state government had suggested, which is why we applied for federal funding to ensure the surface of the trail would be of an acceptable standard that would not end up costing our ratepayers substantially more in the long-term.”
Council applied for the federal government funding late last year due to a shortfall in funding offered by the state government.
Council will utilise some of its own funds as well as $1.8 million from the state government to complete the rail trail upgrades.
This funding will allow upgrades to be completed to the Toogoolawah to Moore section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and will allow the entire length of the rail trail to be open to the community for various users groups to enjoy including cyclists, trekkers, horse riders and more.
Cr Lehmann said the funding was a huge win for Somerset and one that would continue to deliver for the region well into the future.
For Maps and information about the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Click HERE
First Rail Trail Legislation in NSW at Last
After almost 15 years of hard work, the unique situation in NSW where rail trails are not allowed to be constructed on the thousands of kilometres of long disused rail corridors is changing.
A few days ago the NSW Upper House passed legilsation almost unanimously that will officially close the railway line between Rosewood and Tumbarumba in the mountains south of Wagga Wagga.
This will allow the construction of NSW’s first real rail trail on a government corridor, the 21km Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail.
Given the unique controversy that rail trails have caused in NSW, the Tumbarumba Rail Trail is regarded as a “pilot” rail trail and when undoubtedly it is a success for the community it is hoped that further legislation will be passed to allow more widespread development of rail trails in NSW and take advantage of the enormous potential in NSW.
The Snowy Valleys Council in conjunction with the local rail trail steering group (RIverina Highlands Rail Trail) have already obtained $4.8m in funding from the NSW government for the construction of the Tumbarumba Rail Trail so we look forward to construction beginning in earnest when the documentation has been formalised.
Riverina Highlands Rail Trails said it was the news the group was waiting to hear.
“This is momentous as it is the first such access agreement in this state” the group said in a statement.
“We hope the first sod will be turned very soon.”
It has been a long time since RTA started working on this particularly with the Riverina Highlands Rail Trail Steering group, who have been consistently at the forefront of efforts to establish rail trails in NSW. This has been helped tremendously in the last few years by Rail Trails for NSW and the many other local communities around NSW who have plans for great rail trails.
After many false starts it was pleasing to see almost unanimous support for the legislation and thank those politicians who have acted for the greater interest of the state, and all of Australia. Importantly the amended legislation ensures these valuable routes are retained as rail trails in public ownership for generations to come.
The legislation detail can be found here.
Support the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Crowd Funding
The Northern Rivers Rail Trail committee want to raise $75,000 for the design costs of a community trail between Casino and Eltham in northern NSW. This is part of a longer proposed trail running between Casino and Murwillumbah.
If we raise this money, along with $100K from both councils, it will help us to secure the government funding needed to build the trail.
This trail will be for you and future generations to enjoy.
Please get on board and give as much as you can, SOON!
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Murray to Mountains Rail Trail to extend to Yackandandah
In May the Victorian state government has announced that the popular Murray to Mountains Rail Trail in north east Victoria will soon be extending a further 21km from Beechworth to Yackandandah.
The $6million funding announcement also includes allowance for an on-road connection further east to Osbornes Flat, which could be part of a future on-road link to the High Country Rail Trail at Huon.
Indigo Council Mayor Jenny O’Connor said it was the biggest single funding contribution of its kind for the region yet, and council would immediately look at when works could begin.
The Victorian government also announced another $6 million for promotion of trails including to international markets and track enhancement.
The funding will be particularly welcome in the region as several major industries announced job losses around the same time.
Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced the funding in Beechworth. Ms Symes said she had worked very closely with Tourism North East, local councils and the Minister for Regional
Development, Jaala Pulford to secure the funding in this year’s budget. “This is a massive win for tourism, business growth and employment opportunities for communities in the North East,” Ms Symes said.
The funding plan includes:
- Extending the Murray to Mountains trail from Beechworth to Yackandandah
- Trail enhancements such as better signage, community hubs, and digital interpretations
- Wow-factor art projects and tourist attractions to entice people to visit things only discoverable by the trail
- A comprehensive branding and marketing campaign to increase awareness
- A cycle hub to cater for all cyclist needs
- Support private sector activation in and around the trail and surrounding towns
Rail Trails Australia is particularly pleased that the funding includes initiatives to activate business along the trail so that the local economies benefits from the growing number of visitors to the trail network. This is also needed on many other rail trails that have potential to provide greater benefits to their regions.
More about this in the next issue of Rail Trail Connections and details of how the rail trail will be constructed to Yackandandah, given some sections of the former corridor have been sold off.
The 3.2km Hervey Bay Rail Trail Extension Opens
The 3.2Km extention of the Rail Trail from Urraween Road to Chapel Road has now opened.
The Queensland Government provided $439,750 toward the cost of this extention.
The rail trail current length is now 13.5 kms from the Urangan Pier to Chapel Road offering cyclists, mobility scooter users, walkers and joggers a safe route thorough Hervey Bay away from roads.
At the pier it links with the 12.5 km-long shared walk/cycle path along the foreshore that links Urangan to Gatakers Bay.
For more information and maps please click HERE
Gayndah Heritage Railway and Rail Trail Official Opening
All aboard for a fun day of activities to celebrate the offical of a friendly tourist attaction in the North Burnett Region.
Events include, Sunlander carriages tours, Art displays, Live Music, Local Stand holders, Bridges Tours,mini steam trains, Licensed Bar and much more.
When: Saturady 3rd June 2017
Time : 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Gayndah Railway Station
National St, Gayndah QLD 4625
For more information click HERE
Construction resumes on the Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail
The South Burnett Regional Council has resumed work on stage one of the Kingaroy to Kilkivian Rail Trail.
Stage one, from Kingaroy to Murgon will open later is year and will be a 44km sealed trail. While some sections of the trail are finished, the council ask that you don’t use the trail until all work is complete.
For more infromation about this rail trail click HERE