Full steam ahead for Bur­nett rail trail

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

RAIL Trails Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Damian McCrohan vis­ited Gayn­dah at the week­end to look at the pro­posed Boyne Bur­nett In­land Rail Trail.

Dur­ing his time in Gayn­dah, Mr McCrohan was shown some of the trail by Mike Goebel and had a pos­i­tive re­ac­tion to bits of the trail that he saw and a keen in­ter­est in sec­tions of the trail.

Mr McCrohan is cur­rently vis­it­ing rail trails in New South Wales and Queens­land.

Mr McCrohan said trans­form­ing dis­cussed rail cor­ri­dors into trails for walk­ing, cy­cling and horse rid­ing was the best op­tion.

Mr McCrohan’s visit comes af­ter the ap­proval of a $99,000 fea­si­bil­ity study to be fully funded by the gov­ern­ment’s Queens­land Cy­cling Ac­tion Plan.

Mem­ber for Glad­stone Glenn Butcher said Glad­stone, North Bur­nett and Bund­aberg re­gional coun­cils had been ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the first round of fund­ing af­ter sub­mit­ting suc­cess­ful ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est.

“Rail trails sup­port ac­tive, healthy life­styles, al­low for the in­no­va­tive use of dis­used state-owned in­fra­struc­ture, and con­tribute to en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion and man­age­ment,” Mr Butcher said.

PHOTO: MARISSA NEW­MAN

FU­TURE AS­SET: Rail Trails Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Damian McCrohan with Mike Geo­bel.

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