Next step for the her­itage rail trail

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Gayn­dah Her­itage Rail­way Rail Trail was granted an access licence by the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads for the devel­op­ment of a fea­si­bil­ity study for the Burnett River Rail Trail.

Rail trail pres­i­dent Ja­son Cooper and rail trail ambassador Mike Goebel signed the doc­u­ment on be­half of GHRRT mem­bers.

“This had been a cul­mi­na­tion of three years’ per­sis­tence and sup­port from mem­bers and the com­mu­nity,” Mr Goebel said.

“The Burnett River Rail Trail devel­op­ment will run from Reid’s Creek to Mun­dub­bera for 37 kilo­me­tres.

“The BRRT takes in many unique fea­tures of our re­gion, some of which are our ma­jes­tic Burnett River, ge­og­ra­phy, land­scape and pi­o­neer­ing her­itage.”

The GHRRT com­mit­tee hopes key stake­hold­ers and ad­join­ing landown­ers will con­trib­ute to trail main­te­nance by us­ing the trail through graz­ing for access, fire and pest man­age­ment and de­vel­op­ing of pos­si­ble busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Stage one of the devel­op­ment from Mount De­bate­able to Humphrey, ap­prox­i­mately 5.2km, will fo­cus on the rail trail study while main­tain­ing the in­tegrity of the rail­way sid­ings and mi­nor land­scape works.

“The com­mu­nity are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate and have in­put into the devel­op­ment of the trail by be­com­ing mem­bers of GHRRT,” Mr Goebel said.

“All stake­hold­ers are in­vited to con­tact GHRRT at the Gayn­dah Rail­way Sta­tion.”

Access to the rail cor­ri­dor granted by the licence will be for mem­bers only and not open to the pub­lic.

You can con­tact the GHRRT on 4161 1308 or at bur­net­triver­rail­trail.com.

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