Comments Sought on Proposed Murrumbidgee Valley Rail Trail (South West NSW)
The Gundagai Shire Council is seeking comments on a proposal for a rail trail centred on the town, 380km south west of Sydney, until the 10th August 2007.
Click here for more information on the proposed rail trail including map.
The rail trail is being proposed by the Gundagai Bicylce Users Group, GundaBUG. The proposal documents and details on where to submit comments are on the council website here.
Guide Book Update (Vic & SA)
The new edition of our guide book Rail Trails of Victoria and South Australia is now back from the printers.
Further details and ordering information is available in the guide books section of the website.
Most people who have ordered pre-publication copies should receive them this week.
Pedestrian Bridge Over Gardiner’s Creek Re-opened
The pedestrian bridge across Gardiner’s Creek on the Outer Circle Rail Trail has been closed for safety reasons for more than a year. The Stonnington Council has spent $92,000 to repair it. However, the surface remains the same, and it is evident that the money has been spent on the foundations.
The trail was effectively cut in two by the closure, and complicated detours were necessary.
Bicycle riders and pedestrians alike will be pleased that it is now in service.
Click here for more information on the rail trail including map.
Warburton Rail Trail (Victoria) – Tourist Interpretation Shelter Opening
A new tourist interpretation shelter will be officially opened at Wandin, 50km east of Melbourne on Saturday 16 June. The Mayor of the Shire of Yarra Ranges, Cr Tim Heenan, will be performing the opening at 10:30am. If coming by car the shelter is at the Wandin car park on the Warburton Highway.
Light refreshments will be served after. This notice is a little late but RSVP Liz by email or SMS: 0407 587 194
The opening will also be a chance to meet the former voluntary committee of management who have done such a great job in developing this very popular rail trail.
Wandin is an intermediate town on the 40km long picturesque rail trail. Click here for more information on the rail trail including map.
New Rail Trail Guide Book (Vic & SA) launch
In this 3rd edition we describe and map 29 rail trails across two states. There are 4 new rail trails and 8 extensions to previously described trails.
We are offering a special pre-print pre-pay price to customers who order before June 30 2007.
For more details on the new Victorian and SA Guide Book Click here
Payment can be made over the web, faxing us or by snail mail. Books for those who take up this discounted offer will be mailed as soon as stocks are available from our printers. We expect to mail out orders early in July or earlier if possible.
The official launch of the Guide Book will be held at the North Carlton Community House, Solly Avenue North Carlton on Wednesday 11 July at 4 pm. All rail trail enthusiasts are welcome to attend and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by email by 3 July.
Recreational Trail Management Class in Adelaide
The task of managing natural areas is almost always one of trying to meet diverse and sometimes conflicting values and expectations. National and state government policies and prescriptions provide a foundation from which managers then need to respond to community expectations particularly in relation to access.
Generally speaking, land managers have risen to the occasion using their best endeavours both to protect natural values as well as respond to community issues.
Certainly there have been significant challenges over the last couple of decades as the protected area estate has increased in response to a rising environmental awareness.
Horse SA has seen the public need to arrange this Master Class and will canvass these issues as they apply to recreational access and community engagement. To be facilitated by Dr Simon Cubit, the Master Class will start by considering contemporary definitions of cultural heritage and exploring the equity implications of the social dimension of triple bottom line reporting.
The class will explore current approaches to recreational planning and provision using case studies, with reference to national park and state forest areas and consider interface approaches with development planning and local government. Different responses to walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers will be considered
It will be held on Friday July 20th, 2007 at Ridley Hall, Adelaide Showground, South Australia.
Visit their web site
Registration by email Julie
Contact: Julie Fiedler
Executive Officer, Horse SA
Ph +618 8294 2460 Fax +618 8294 2860
Establishment of Rail Trails in NSW to Become Easier
The development of Rail Trails in NSW has been hindered by the fact that its disused lines were never ‘closed’. The NSW Department of Lands is pushing for the transfer of some of these disused lines from the State Rail Authority to Crown Land to be managed under the NSW Crown Lands Act. The closure and transfer of these lines would provide many more options for future management.
The Recreational Trails Coordinator for the Lands Department is asking NSW groups with a rail trail proposal to contact him to discuss their proposals with the possibility of packaging proposals for closure and transfer.
Contact Col Roberts on 02 6332 8486 or by email Col.Roberts@lands.nsw.gov.au
Any groups considering establishing a rail trail, that have have not already contacted Railtrails Australia, should do so at the “Contact Us” link to the left. We can provide further assistance and put other people wanting to assist in touch with your group.
Northern Territory Rail Trail Walks
To bring some media focus to the issue of extending Northern Territory rail trails, the Friends of the North Australia Railway are conducting two walks along the old NAR during the National Trust’s Heritage Week in June:
1. Rail Trail Walk at Katherine. Saturday 9 June 2007. From Stuart Estate (5km north of Katherine) walk along the 1917 formation of the legendary North Australia Railway. Pass interesting geological formations that the railway surveyors skirted and pass through the historic location of Emungalen (the original Katherine). Assemble at the 1926 Railway Station in Railway Terrace Katherine at 0800 for shuttles out to Stuart Estate. This guided walk will start at 0830. Wear robust walking shoes, hat and carry a water bottle. Anticipated duration 2 hours.
2. Rail Trail Walk in Darwin. Monday 11 June 2007. From Wallaby Holtze Road at Yarrawonga at Palmerston through Mitchell Creek (5 span bridge from 1887) to Howard Springs and McMinns Siding at Girraween Road. Explore the route of the future extension of the Rail Trail / Bike Path that presently ends at Tulagi Road. Walk through hand excavated cuttings (see the pick marks) and across viaducts built by “coolies” 120 years ago in 1887. This guided walk will start at 0830. Wear robust walking shoes, hat and carry a water bottle. Anticipated duration 3 hours.
The existing hotmix rail trail follows the original 1888 North Australia Railway route for about 12 miles (20km) out of Darwin to the Yarrawonga Industrial Estate adjacent to Palmerston.
In recent times we have restored a 700m section of the original track at The Narrows in Darwin and are re-sleepering the old bridge (with assistance from Darwin City Council). The Rail Trail runs alongside this historic section.
For further information contact
Trevor Horman (0417 838 578)
Friends of the North Australia Railway
Rail Trail event at Tallangatta Vic
The Friends of the Rail Trail have organised two ride or walk events for Sunday 22 April 2007. Choose between an 18klm return walk or bike ride from Tallangatta to Old Tallangatta(registration at 10am at Tallangatta) or ride a 49 klm nearby Jarvis Creek circuit with registration at Tallangatta at 9am. For more information contact Joy Bayes 02 6020 6600 or email email@example.com.
Moe – Yallourn Rail Trail (Gippsland, Victoria) Fun Run/walk
The fun run/walk will be held on Sunday 25th of February 2007 commencing at the Moe Botanical Gardens. Participants can run or walk along the Moe-Yallourn Rail Trail back to the power station.
Registration from 9.30 am
Runners start at 10.30 am
Walkers start at 11.00 am
Adults $10, Families $20 Students/Concession $5 (All proceeds donated to the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre)
Park at the Yallourn Power Station and grab the FREE bus to the registration/start point at the Moe Botanical Gardens,
In addition there will also be –
- An auction
- Lucky Envelopes
- BBQ Lunch
- Children’s Entertainment
In addition a Truenergy customer has a chance to win $500 worth of energy.
For entry forms or more information on this community event, contact Meredith Bowden on 5128 2960
Click here for more information on the rail trail including map.
A press release from the committee of management follows.
Media release – Moe Yallourn Railtrail Work & Fun Run
Recent work on the Moe-Yallourn Rail Trail has seen the clean up the edges as well as complete much-needed repairs to damaged and worn areas. The current surface, which was completed five years ago, has been deteriorating due to weathering and misuse, creating many potholes and spreading large rocks across the trail.
Moe-Yallourn Rail Trail Chairperson, Stan Hodgson, said that the maintenance will be of great benefit to those who frequently use the pathway. “Several sporting groups use the trail for training as well as students who get direct access from Moe township, and the general community use it for walking, cycling and horse riding.”
The recent trail works have coincided with the lead up to this years TRU Energy Yallourn Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, 25 February. The event will use trail from the Moe Botanic gardens to the power station, all proceeds will be donated to the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre.
Mr Hodgson also said that there are plans to provide further options for trail users. “It is on our agenda to finish the section from Narracan Drive back to the Moe Railway station and we have also had discussions to extend the trail up to the Yallourn North township.”
In addition to the future plans, Mr Hodgson is hoping that people can get involved with the management of the trail. “We do need fresh faces to support our small committee, particularly with finding new ideas on how to solve the problems of motor bike using the trail illegally, rubbish dumping and how to publicise the benefits of the trail to the community.”
Anyone interested in more information on the Moe -Yallourn Rail trail can ring Latrobe City on 1300 367 700.