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Money rolls in for rail trail development in Queensland and NSW

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Dickabram bridge crossing on the old Kilkivan rail trail. Cycle Traveller

Momentum continued to build for two new rail trails in NSW and Queensland, which when completed will add almost 200km of cycleways to the nation's fledgling network.

In Queensland, the state government has provided $2 million to develop the Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail, which will run in part through the South Burnett region.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said recently that recycling former rail corridors into recreation areas had been a huge success in growing the tourism pillar of the Queensland economy in regional areas.

“This rail trail proposal has been on the books for almost four years but our LNP Government is committed to making it happen," Mr Seeney said.

“This project will complement the South Burnett’s already strong reputation as an attractive bed and breakfast tourism destination for Brisbane residents and beyond.

“Not only is it a great use of state-owned land by Queenslanders, the day-trippers and tourists will generate significant economic opportunities for regional communities along the track."

The Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail spans approximately 60km and has the potential to connect to the Brassall Bikeway, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and the Bicentennial National Trail.

“This could mean a continuous trail that connects Ipswich to the Sunshine Coast with a trail that traverses the picturesque regional communities of Somerset and the South Burnett,” Mr Seeney said.

The trail would also end in close proximity to Cycle Traveller's own GDR cycle touring route, which is currently in development.

South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said the rail trail would reinvigorate several towns and ensure the railway’s history is preserved forever.

“The South Burnett rail trail offers a complete diversity of landscapes and intersecting towns and will cater to a range of recreational pursuits,” Mr Kratzmann said.

“Along the 43 kilometres of the rail trail in the South Burnett, it will intersect the towns of Murgon, Wondai and Kingaroy and four of our region’s villages: Tingoora, Wooroolin, Memerambi and Crawford."

In NSW, $10,000 was raised early this month for the Northern Rivers Rail Trail as part of the inaugural Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass Festival.

The proposed rail trail will run 132km, from Casino to Murwillumbah, linking in some of the state's most popular tourist destinations, including Bryon Bay.

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail organisers said the funds would be used for the ongoing costs and expenses running the campaign to get the rail trail up and running. 

"This was a great event with outstanding music and food and our thanks go to the Festival Organiser Fletcher Potanin for his generosity in supporting the rail trail," the organisers said.

Image: Dickabram bridge rail crossing on the Kilkivan to Kingaroy route.:

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I just came back from a drive it test my combi out. I headed out murgon way and was intrigued by the rail line that has been made inoproble. So thought about doing a rail trail. I retire soon so that looks like it'll be on the radar. Thank you.

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