RAIL HISTORY’S UN­CER­TAIN TIME

The coun­cil backs away from sev­eral projects

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

NORTH Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has backed away from any in­volve­ment with the Gayn­dah Rail Trail.

At a meet­ing on Novem­ber 16 with Trans­port and Main Roads Rail Cor­ri­dor manager Craig Eng­land, mayor Rachel Cham­bers told the TMR rep­re­sen­ta­tive while the coun­cil sup­ported the idea of the trail, it did not want to be a part of the lease.

“My un­der­stand­ing is that coun­cil as an en­tity sup­ports the rail trail project as part of the whole rail precinct,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“We think they’re do­ing a fan­tas­tic job with the precinct, how­ever we want zero in­volve­ment.

“We don’t want a part of that deal be­cause it has huge im­pli­ca­tions for coun­cil.

“If we say yes to one, we have the line go­ing right through the re­gion and a lot of rail trails that want ac­cess to that line. We don’t want to start some­thing we can’t con­trol.”

Deputy CEO DavidWiskar pro­posed a mo­tion to the coun­cil which reaf­firmed its sup­port of the idea.

“How­ever those agree­ments should be tested through com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and prior to en­ter­ing into the lease, com­mu­nity groups should need to prove their abil­ity to man­age the risks and fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity of their pro­posal,” MrWiskar said.

All seven coun­cil­lors voted in sup­port of the mo­tion.

A spokesman for the Gayn­dah Rail Trail re­fused to com­ment on the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion.

The spokesman said the group would wait un­til it had a signed lease from TMR be­fore mak­ing com­ment, as it did not want to jeop­ar­dise the process.

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