Pe­ti­tion on track

Rail­way unused since 2008 Sup­port to pre­serve her­itage Coun­cil look­ing for op­tions Walk­ing track a pos­si­bil­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Bran­don Livesay bran­

A TRAIN hasn’t touched the tracks of the Monto Branch Line since March 2008.

Mil­lions of dollars in rail­way land and in­fra­struc­ture is un­touched and North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil is search­ing for a use.

On June 1 the coun­cil will meet with Queens­land Rail to dis­cuss op­tions for the rail­way cor­ri­dor.

Monto res­i­dent Drew Forsyth has started a pe­ti­tion to pre­serve the rail­way and its his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

“The groundswell of sup­port now is great. So far ev­ery­one thinks it’s a great idea,” he said.

Mr Forsyth hopes to en­gage the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties of each town in the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett to help main­tain the cor­ri­dor and in­fra­struc­ture.

“We want com­mu­ni­ties to stand up and be counted, a lit­tle bit of slash­ing and keep it tidy,” he said.

Mr Forsyth said some sec­tions of line were in top con­di­tion and could be used to run old steam en­gines for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

An­other pos­si­bil­ity is the cre­ation of a walk­ing trail.

Bris­bane Val­ley Rail Trail is an ex­am­ple of what can be achieved on dis­used lines, pro­vid­ing a scenic and his­toric route for walk­ers, horse rid­ers and cy­clists.

Mayor Don Waugh said a walk­ing trail was un­der con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore the flood.

“The amount of build­ings and land is amaz­ing,” Cr Waugh said.

“I’m ask­ing coun­cil­lors to talk to res­i­dents about what they would like to do.”

HIS­TORIC RAIL­WAY: Drew Forsyth has started a pe­ti­tion to save the Monto Branch Line.

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