Rosstown Rail Trail Excursion (Vic)
We have heard that a group of bike riders are gathering on Sunday 17th April 2005 a bit after 10am at Oakleigh railway station to ride this heritage trail and look at the wonderful signage that Glen Eira council has installed. Finishing at Elsternwidk railway station.
The ghost of William Ross may even reappear to haunt the riders and deliver one of his famous speeches!
Details of the rail trail are here (including map)
Australian Trail Horse Riders Association AGM
The annual AGM of this organisation was held in Ballarat on 2 April 2005 and Railtrails Australia was invited to speak to the assembled about rail trails throughout Australia. More detailed report soon.
East Gippsland Rail Trail Ride (Vic)
The East Gippsland Rail Trail is situated in eastern Victoria and presently runs from Bairnsdale to Nowa Nowa. It will eventually run to Orbost.
This last weekend past saw about 15 cyclists train to Bairnsdale from Melbourne and cycle to Nowa Nowa. The Bruthen Caravan Park had some 100 people camped overnight 11/12th March and they cycled the trail over two days. Another group of 12 people from the Trails Friends Group also cycled the trail from Bruthen to near Lakes Entrance on the Sunday. Bruthen seemed to be the centre of overnight activities much to the delight of the local accommodiation and food providors. The pub did a roaring trade and many enjoyed the blue grass jazz on sunday night.
Between 1 and 3 April Oxfam will conduct a team event called the “Oxfam Trailwalker”. It is primarily for walkers and joggers and will cover 100 km in 48 hours between Jells Park (Wheelers Hill) and the summit of Mt Donna Buang in Victoria. Funds raised will assist various projects supported by Oxfam. The event will traverse part of the famous Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail. There will be 400 teams each with four participants and bookings are now full. However, Oxfam are looking for more volunteers to assist with this event and anyone interested should contact them on 03 9289 9444 for more details or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Victorian Volunteer Small Grants
The Minister for Victorian Communities John Thwaites MP has approved a small grant to Railtrails Australia. It will be used to assist us with the revision of various rail trail descriptions and the updating of our web site; the distribution of our trail guide books to selected Victorian libraries, Secondary Colleges and Tertiary Institutions; and the transfer of our collection of film photographs to a digital format.
To accomplish these tasks we will be seeking volunteers with computing skills and people with a disability who have an interest in our work.
We are proud to be supported by the Victorian Government through the Victorian Volunteer Small Grants programme. This vital assistance will strengthen our services to the community at large and be an enriching experience for the volunteers who participate in these projects.
If you would like to assist us in these works please contact our office using the channels shown on our website.
The Sustainable Transport Mini Festival (Vic)
Moreland Energy Foundation are proudly conducting a festival at “CERES”, 8 Lee Street Brunswick in Victoria on Sunday 13th March. Times are 1.30 to 4 pm. Workshops, presentations and a bike ride will be held. A copy of the guide book Railtrails of Victoria and South Australia will be a door prize to a lucky winner on the day. Entry to the Festival is free. Visit www.mefl.com.au for more information.
Information for readers of Rail Trails of Tasmania
Updates to the book are now available in the Guide Updates section.
The book refers to a “website links” page where you can find further information on some of the trails in the book. Although this information was compiled when the book was published it was accidentally left off the website. It is now available at www.railtrails.org.au/guides/states/links. Appologies to any readers who have been trying to access this information.
Expanded Trail Descriptions Online
The trail descriptions section of the website has been revised and expanded. It now includes:
- New trail descriptions for New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia
- Maps for most Victorian, South Australian and some Tasmanian trails
- Many new photos plus photo galleries for a number of trails.
- A new trail finder – find trails by region, length or uses
All descriptions have been checked and revised.
These upgrades to the site were made with the assistance of a grant from the Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF).
Proposed Port Fairy – Denington Rail Trail Feasibility Study Released
The Moyne Shire Council commissioned a feasiblity study into constructing a rail trail from Port Fairy to Dennington, near Warrnambool, in South west Victoria in 2004. With the existing visitor base and scenery in the area Railtrails Australia believes this rail trail would attract many users. Other submissions to council to reinforce this will help them make the decision.
The executive summary is available for download. Submissions should be addressed to Mr Dean Robertson.
Project & Enterprise Supervisor
Moyne Shire Council
PO Box 51
PORT FAIRY VIC 3284
Phone 03 5568 2600
Fax 03 5568 2515
Note closing date for Submissions is Thursday 17th February 2005.
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