Next step for Gayndah's heritage rail trail

18th April 2017 11:23 AM
FIRST TIME: Bill Sellen and Mary Gordon are the first to walk the trail section Mount Debateable to Humphrey. FIRST TIME: Bill Sellen and Mary Gordon are the first to walk the trail section Mount Debateable to Humphrey. Contributed

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

Gayndah Heritage Railway 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 form members and the community,” Mr Goebel said.

"The Burnett River Rail Trail development will run from Reid's Creek to Mundubbera, 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 hope that key stakeholders and adjoining landowners will contribute to the trail maintenance by utilising 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 license will be for members only and not open to the public.

You can contact the GHRRT on 4161 1308 or by accessing the rail trail website burnettriverrailtrail.com.