Branding is important for marketing and public recognition.
The Feasibility Study author, in his report recommended three sections be developed first on the Trail.
He refers to them as “The Awoonga Lake Rail Trail, The Kalpowar Tunnels Rail Trail and the Burnett River Bridges Rail Trail”.
To the best of my knowledge, naming the first two sections was for his purposes, to enable identification of each section. Burnett River Bridges Rail Trail is the name adopted by GHRRT for the southern part of the Trail before BBIRT Inc was formed.
One of our members had contact with the author of the study, about the tunnels on the Dawes Range in the south of the Boyne Valley. We have a motion lying on the table regarding the name of the tunnels which needs to be resolved.
“that BBIRT Inc refer to the tunnels as the ‘Kalpowar Tunnels’
It was raised at our last general meeting, and members present asked for more information and resolved that we also run a survey to gather opinions and ideas.
This post has information about the tunnels.
I have taken the opportunity to add two other surveys as well, regarding the naming of the section of BBIRT from Builyan to Kalpowar (which includes the tunnels) and from Futter Creek Bridge to Ubobo (which includes Lake Awoonga).
The Tunnels Name
The tunnels are located on the Dawes Range in the Gladstone Region and are most easily accessed from Barrimoon Siding at the top of the range. The siding has a large flat area next to where the tracks were and there is evidence of a turntable.
We have plans and finance in place to build disabled access (and hopefully toilets) from the top (Barrimoon) to Tunnel Six, the first tunnel. They are numbered from the bottom of the range.
Meagan Ellerton had explained how her father (who worked on the rail) and the Kalpowar community referred to the tunnels as the “Kalpowar Tunnels”, and would like to see BBIRT refer to the tunnels as the “Kalpowar Tunnels”.
Boyne Valley residents sometimes referred to them as “the tunnels at Golembil”.
It is several kilometres (gravel road) from Kalpowar to Barrimoon
The option “other” in each survey, when clicked/tapped will allow input of text for a different name or a reason why you think one name may be unsuitable, or any other comment.
The Valley Section.
The Feasibility Study author refers to “The Awoonga Lake Rail Trail”. It runs from Futter Creek Bridge to Ubobo, and will be quite easy to extend to Builyan in the south, and Taragoola in the north.
It is entirely within the Boyne Valley, and the Awoonga Dam waters, while attractive are only a part of the trail.
The name “The Boyne Valley Trail”, which includes the villages of Nagoorin and Ubobo and some beautiful river flats with stands of “Blue Gum” would describe/refer to the district rather than one aspect of the Trail.
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