The study is a positive document and recommends developing three sections of the corridor.
This is a great result for Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Inc. We have come so far in fifteen months, much further than we could have hoped for.
The original scope of the study was changed
The original scope was between Reids Creek and Taragoola. The interim report (received 2 November 2018) recommended three smaller trails and that these be further investigated for the Feasibility Study. These trails were: The Awoonga Lake Rail Trail, The Kalpower Tunnels Rail Trail and The Burnett River Bridge Rail Trail.
Gladstone Regional Council
met yesterday (19th March) to review the feasibility study into the Rail Trail
While Councillors had questions which still need to be answered, they all spoke in favour of the project. The following resolution was carried.
- Note the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Feasibility Study, March 2019 prepared by Mike Halliburton Associates
- Allocate sufficient staff and budget resources in the 2019/2020 Operational Plan to continue with items 3 through to 7 below.
- Undertakes Community engagement with the broader community, adjoining landholders and key stakeholders.
- Applies for 100% funding from DTMR for a detailed design development plan for both sections as recommended within the Gladstone Region.
- Negotiate with DTMR/GAWB/BBIRT in relation to undertaking the on-going maintenance and ownership.
- Seek commitment from GAWB in relation to development of the Rail trail on their land.
- Advocate for external funding.
North Burnett Regional Council
met today (20th March) to consider the study. The following Six Point Resolution was carried.
- Receive the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Final Report and forward the report findings to the Community; and
- Reiterate that Council is not in a position to fund any potential capital and maintenance cost as identified in the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trial Report ; and
- Acknowledge that Council will act as a channel for community groups to access the Queensland Cycling Action Plan and Program Funding after evidence is provided that the Community has secured financial support, and has a detailed management plan, sustainability statement and maintenance plan; and
- Support community groups to enter into an agreement with Department of Transport and Main Roads for the Rail Corridor directly; and
- Support community consultation initiatives (in a support role, not a lead role)
- Contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads to request information on current unused rail maintenance programs, and to advocate for 100% funding for trail development and maintenance for any future completed projects