South Burnett Regional Council abandons Bike hire Idea.
At last week’s Council meeting, Councillors heard a six-week trial of free bicycle hire had been run from mid-May to the end of June this year, using bikes purchased with a grant for another community health program, but decided not to continue this bike hire service.
Over the six-week trial period, 28 bike hires occurred – 16 at the Kingaroy Visitor Information Centre, and the rest at Wondai’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC)
The report noted the trial had been beset by a number of problems, These included poor display of the bikes, which had been stored behind Kingaroy’s VIC and inside Wondai’s VIC.
The report noted that most comments made by people using the bike hire service were very positive, but also noted the trial had disclosed a number of issues that hadn’t been thought about.
These included being able to offer one-way hires (eg. Kingaroy to Wondai or vice-versa), procedures to assist riders who broke down during a hire (eg. getting a flat tyre), after-hours returns and related matters.
So what is the good news out if this?
South Burnett Regional Council will give away 16 mountain bikes to any community group that wants to operate a bicycle hire service in the region.
Community groups interested in taking up the offer should contact South Burnett Regional Council on:
Phone: 07 4189 9100
Fax: 07 4162 4806
Full story can be read by clicking HERE (southburnett.com.au)
Rail Trails Australia 2019 AGM
Rail Trails Australia is pleased to have Anthea Packer from the High Country Rail Trail in north east Victoria speaking at our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 9th November.
The meeting will commence at 5:00 pm at the historic North Carlton Community Centre, in the former North Carlton Railway Station building at 20 Solly Avenue, North Carlton, Melbourne.
Anthea (Ant) Packer is an enthusiastic proponent of rail trails. She is a community ranger with Parklands Albury Wodonga and was instrumental in bringing the scenic High Country Rail Trail in north-east Victoria to reality. This includes sourcing scarce funding, liaising with three councils and co-ordinating three rail trail advisory groups for more than 15 years. Not content with this, Ant has always been willing to help out on other rail trails and participated in many events to enable rail trail development across the border in NSW. Ant will be discussing the challenges and achievements of working on the High Country Rail Trail and others.
It will also be worthwhile to come along and meet fellow rail trail supporters.
All rail trail supporters are welcome. Please let our secretary Frank Kinnersley (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 6th 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 on Saturday 9th November.
Tall Trestle Treadle and Bridge Opening along High Country Rail Trail (Vic)
Over 100 riders celebrated the completion of the Dry Forest Creek Bridge and its official opening by participating in this year’s Tall Trestle Treadle on Sunday 13th October, 2019.
The completion of this bridge is a major milestone for the volunteer Tallangatta and Bonegilla Rail Trail Advisory Groups led by Parklands Albury Wodonga, and allowed them to use the Derbyshire to Bullioh section of the High Country Rail Trail for this year’s ride. There is now a continuous 80km rail trail from Wodonga up to Shelley, Victoria’s highest railway station.
Rail Trails Australia was thrilled that the volunteer rail trail groups and Parklands Albury Wodonga gave us the honour of cutting the ribbon, having been involved with them for 24 years to get to this stage.
Over 3700 volunteer hours has gone into this bridge and hard work secured $91,300 from a Victorian government “Pick my Project” grant. The federal government then contributed $65,000. Incredible value for money.
Not sitting on their laurels, work is underway to extend the rail trail from Shelley to Cudgwa and Corryong.
Check out the updated High Country Rail Trail description including lots of new photos of the spectacular scenery on the new sections.
There will be a more detailed report on the High Country Rail Trail developments in the summer issue of the members Rail Trail Connections magazine.
Tall Trestle Treadle
This is an annual event and highly recommended (disclaimer RTA volunteers paid their own way!). It has got better each year as the rail trail has improved. Riders were bussed up to Shelley Station to ride 45km back down to Tallangatta. Delicous morning tea at Koetong Station, lunch under the Dry Forest Creek bridge and afternoon tea at Tallangatta add to the day (all done by the volunteers!)
A full report of this wonderful event (provided by Kerry Love, Publicity Officer of the Tallangatta Rail Trail Advisroy Group) can be found here.
Celebrating the improvements to the Hamilton-Coleraine Rail Reserve in Western Victoria
Improvements to the Rail Reserve leading down the hill to Coleraine will be celebrated via a walk or cycle on Sunday 27 October 2019.
Also, updates to the trail description of the Hamilton to Coleraine Rail Trail have recently been made on our website.
Gympie Council to spend $230K on rail trail resurfacing
Gympie Council are going to spend $230K to fix the rough surface of their section of the Kilkivan to Kingaroy rail trail.
This is a “good news” story and was reported in a daily newspaper in South Burnett. You can read the full story here.
Unfortunately this funding does not extend to the problematic Wide Bay Creek crossing and Gympie Council may well take another year to solve this after they upgrade the trail’s surface.
Coincidentally “Puff n Puffin” published a blog about their ride on the rail trail this month.
Great Victorian Rail Trail (GVRT) has been listed as a “bucket-list-worthy” international rail trail destination
Our Great Victorian Rail Trail (GVRT) has been listed by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonproft organisation based in Washington DC, along with six other iconic trails around the world as bucket-list-worthy international rail trail destinations.
The blog was published by Laura Stark to coincide with World Tourism Day, 27 September.
Here’s the link to the published story.
Community Consultation Session – Murgon to Proston Rail Trail (Qld) Feasibility Study
Following on from the success of the Murgon to Kingaroy Rail Trail, South Burnett Regional Council is now looking into a 43km rail trail from Murgon to Proston.
South Burnett residents are invited to attend one of the following Murgon to Proston Rail Trail Feasibility Study – Community Consultation Sessions conducted by Mike Halliburton Associates Recreation Trail Planners on 8 October 2019.
This news item has been put for general awareness. The sessions themselves are aimed at local residents.
Please check here for more details if you would like to participate in any of these sessions.
Opening of the Dry Forest Creek bridge at Tallangatta in Victoria
You are invited to the official opening of the Dry Forest Creek bridge at Tallangatta in Victoria, on Sunday 13th October. This brings the trail another step closer to completion.
Also, just for your information, you can also access a flyer for the 12th annual Tallangatta Tall Trestle Treadle ride. This ride is booked out now and is not taking any more participants.
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Upgrade survey
Somerset Regional Council is conducting a survey into the future of the section Ipswich to Fernvale section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
Your feedback would be greatly appreciated by clicking on the following link
BVRT Ipswich to Fernvale upgrade click HERE
The Survey is open until Friday 11th October 2019
Join the opening celebrations of “THE LINK cycle Path” opening Nanango (QLD)
The LINK CYCLE PATH connects the South Burnett/Killkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
If you would like transport form Yarraman to Nanango please click HERE