High Country Rail Trail Opening (Vic)

The Tallangatta section of the High Country Rail Trail will be officially opened on Sunday 23 May 2004. The opening will take place at Tallangatta Railway Station, Tallangatta at 10am.

There will be a bike ride and walk from Tallangatta to the Mitta Mitta River and a horse ride to Sandy Creek.

Cycling over the Mitta Mitta River bridge. Photo credit: Damian McCrohan

Victorian DSE Stewardship in Action Grant Program 2004/2005

Stewardship in Action grants of up to $30,000 are available for Victorian Rail Trail Committees of Management appointed under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act for works undertaken on the Crown land reserves that they manage.

The details and application form are available here for download. Note closing date for applications is 30th January 2005.

Thank you to Bicycle Victoria for alerting us to this grant.

Download the full details here

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Old Beachy Rail Trail and Gellibrand

On 28 November the station sign for Barongarook was installed at the old station site. A sausage sizzle and small fair was held in conjunction with this at the local hall. Well attended by locals and some visitors to the area. The following tuesday the local Gellibrand township was bombarded with some 8000 cyclists from Bicycle Australia on their annual “Great Victorian Bike Ride”. Gellibrand usually has a population of 200 souls so the impact on the village would have been quite staggering. A fair number of the cyclists would have cycled sections of the Old Beeacy trail that are open in the area. Early in 2005 the Committee of Management say that there will be an official opening of constructed sections of the trail.


Great Southern Rail Trail Weekend

The breakfast group at Korumburra. Photo credit: Alexander McCooke

Despite a lot of rain, the Friends of the Great Southern Rail Trail had a very successful weekend on 13/14 November.

Two train trips were run on the local tourist railway, a dinner train on Saturday night and a breakfast train on the Sunday. The dinner trail was very popular with two carriages filled to capacity. The meal was served at the refreshment rooms at Korumburra Railway Station. An auction of local paintings and other craft was also held as a fund-raiser.


Beechy Rail Trail Event, Sunday 28 November 2004

On Sunday 28 November 2004, the Barongarook Hall Committee will hold a BBQ and car boot sale at the Barongarook Hall. It is also planned to unveil the replica Barongarook station name board on the day. 9am-1pm. Barongarook is about 10 klms south of Colac and refer to the map on page 86 of Railtrails of Victoria/SA for location details.

In other developments on the Beechy Rail Trail, DSE has provided a grant of $300,000 for a bridge over the Gellibrand River. Also $25,000 has been received by the Rail trail for “gateway” works at the start of the trail in Colac.

An offical trail opening is expected during 2005.


3rd Australian Tracks and Trails Conference

Tracks and Trails Conference Trails SA

Railtrails Australia were among the 151 attendees at the recent Adelaide Conference.

Visit the Conference Web Site


The Great Southern Rail Trail Discovery Weekend

The friends of the Great Southern Rail Trail in South Gippsland have organised a weekend packed with activities involving the rail trail, the tourist railway to Leongatha and other local attractions.

Full details at Friends of the GSRT web site

Note Railtrails Australia members are eligible for discounts.


Second Victorian Rail Trail Conference

The day finished with a hands-on look at the Warburton Rail Trail. Photo credit: Alexander McCooke

The second annual rail tail conference was held on 8 October 2004. The workshop covered a range of topics including building trails, working with landowners, signage and road crossings.

Copies of a number of the presentations are availabe from the Railtrails Conference Page on the Bicycle Victoria web site.


Railtrails Australia Forums

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Railtrails Australia Signage Guidelines

Railtrails Australia today launched its rail trail signage guide. The guide is available here for download.

Download the guide here

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