Work­shop for landown­ers on rail trail cor­ri­dor

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Coun­cil will hold a work­shop with landown­ers ad­ja­cent to the rail cor­ri­dor be­tween Mur­willum­bah and Crabbes Creek to ad­vise them of progress and hear any con­cerns they have about the pro­posed rail trail.

A mo­tion for a landowner work­shop at the 15 Novem­ber Coun­cil meet­ing was passed 5:1, with one coun­cil­lor ab­sent.

The work­shop with coun­cil­lors will be held early in 2019. An agenda for the work­shop is be­ing de­vel­oped and all landown­ers along the cor­ri­dor will be in­vited to at­tend.

Fol­low­ing the work­shop, two ref­er­ence groups will be es­tab­lished to help the project team re­solve landowner is­sues in the de­sign phase of the project and drive the eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits of the rail trail.

A Landowner Con­sul­ta­tion Group will pro­vide a plat­form for landown­ers to share their con­cerns, ideas and sug­ges­tions among them­selves and with the project team.

“By invit­ing the landown­ers into the project we will be able to col­lab­o­rate on so­lu­tions to both in­di­vid­ual landowner is­sues and group is­sues as a col­lec­tive,” Rail Trail Project Di­rec­tor

Iain Lons­dale said.

“It will en­cour­age in­no­va­tion and lead to com­mon rather than be­spoke so­lu­tions, with the pos­si­bil­ity of mit­i­gat­ing any landowner dis­tress in these early stages of de­sign.

“These landown­ers are our pri­or­ity stake­hold­ers and we ac­knowl­edge that the rail trail will di­rectly af­fect their life­styles and, in many cases, their liveli­hoods.”

The sec­ond ref­er­ence group will be a Rail Trail Shar­ing Group, com­pris­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the com­mu­nity, busi­ness and in­dus­try, cham­bers of com­merce, tourism oper­a­tors, user groups and oth­ers to share ideas and work col­lec­tively to drive the eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits around the rail trail.

Al­ready the Rail Trail Project Team has recorded 14 ad­ja­cent landown­ers seek­ing busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties from the rail trail, from cafes and ac­com­mo­da­tion to de­vel­op­ment of an in­ter­con­nect­ing moun­tain bike track.

This Shar­ing Group would work with in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses to har­ness and lever­age the ben­e­fits and op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided by the rail trail now and into the fu­ture.

Nom­i­na­tions for mem­ber­ship to both groups will be ad­ver­tised early in 2019, to­gether with the terms of ref­er­ence for each. Coun­cil­lor rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be nom­i­nated for each of the groups.

Watch Coun­cil’s new video ‘Ex­pe­ri­ence Our Her­itage’ and com­plete a sur­vey on the rail trail by vis­it­ing www.your­­trail

A bridge in Stok­ers Sid­ing – one of 18 his­toric bridges along the pro­posed rail trail route.

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