Rail Trail work earns rewards
SOMERSET Regional Council has received a coveted engineering excellence award for the design and construction of a section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
On Thursday, the council was awarded the Institute of Public Works and Engineering Australasian Excellence Award for Projects $2-5 million for completing the 27km section of the rail trail between Toogoolawah in Moore.
The council successfully secured funding from state and federal governments to the tune of more $3.25 million to complete the section of the rail trail.
The rail trail is now Australia’s longest, measuring 161km and follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail corridor.
Council director of operations Andrew Johnson accepted the accolade at IPWEAQ’s annual conference at the Gold Coast on Thursday night.