Please fund completion of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, to make it the longest continuous Rail Trail in Australia and New Zealand
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The Great Australian Rail Trail
The beautiful 160 km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail from Wulkuraka Station in Ipswich to Yarraman in South Burnett has the potential to be a fantastic recreational asset for cyclists as well as hikers and horse riders from the whole of South East Queensland and further afield. It could be a magnet for adventure tourists but it’s missing two vital sections, from Wulkuraka Station in Ipswich to Wanora (15 km) and from Toogoolawah to Moore (30 km) in Somerset.
Last year, the LNP Queensland Government made available $3.5 million grant funding specifically for Rail Trails from the Royalties to Regions Fund in the 2014 Budget.
At the time, 1183 supporters signed a Change.org Petition calling on the Somerset Regional Council “To apply for grant funding to complete the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail”.
In January 2015, Somerset Regional Council responded positively by passing a resolution to apply for the funding subject to the terms and conditions. Unfortunately, they had left it too late as the Queensland State elections were called and there was a change in Government.
It is not yet known what policy the current Labor Queensland Government has towards the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, so we’ve rebooted the campaign with a new Petition.
The Petition is being promoted by ‘The Real 160 km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End-to-End Bike Ride’ which commenced on 16th May 2015.
Last Saturday 13 June, 52 cyclists aged from 12 to 74 years participated in the penultimate stage from Esk to Fernvale. This is what one of them wrote on Facebook:
"What an awesome weekend for some off-road fun for two Logan Cycling Club members. How lucky we were to have 'Passion for the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail' people give us a guided tour of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) . Such an amazing diverse group of keen cycling enthusiasts. The adventure group, riding various bicycles from single speed steelies to fat boys, explored the Esk to Fernvale (46 kms) section passing through some very scenic parts of Queensland. We stopped in Coominya at Bellevue Homestead and Vineyard for some good old country hospitality and morning tea to help us on our way for the next 25km adventure down the Rail Trail.
We passed through some beautiful farm lands and heritage listed old wooden railway bridges. Next we stopped into a local dairy farmer at Clarendon Station Road for a cheese tasting. The event also raising some very needed funds for the Drought Angels, to help support our farmers out west who are struggling.
Our final leg into Fernvale passed by some breathtaking views of the Brisbane River. How privileged we are to be Cycling Somerset - Qld. All that is missing of this 160 km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail adventure is two vital sections, from Wulkuraka Station in Ipswich to Wanora (15 km) and from Toogoolawah to Moore (30 km) in Somerset. So please let's all support this community trail adventure by continuing to raise awareness and signing the petition.”
The two incomplete sections greatly reduce both the recreational and tourism value of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. There is no public transport or shuttle service to transport users around the incomplete sections, so anyone wanting to traverse the entire length of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail has to venture off the trail onto dangerous main roads, which rather defeats the purpose of a Rail Trail to provide a safe recreational resource.
When the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is completed it has the potential to become a major tourist attraction similar to the hugely popular Otago Trail in New Zealand which supports 1000 jobs and has created 200 full and part-time jobs according to a business study for the New Zealand Government in 2009.
In addition, a user survey released in 2011 reported the Otago Rail Trail generated more than $12 million annually for the Central Otago Region, up from $7 million in a survey done two years earlier. Following that trend, it’s reasonable to assume the Otago Trail currently generates in the region of $22 million for the local economy. With 12,000 visitors per month, it has been recognized as the second most important economic driver in the Central Otago Region after farming.
By contrast, user traffic on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is fraction of that volume.
Completion of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail should be a no-brainer – it will provide local employment and training opportunities during the construction phase and revitalise the flagging rural economies of the local government areas it traverses.
At 160 km it will be the longest Rail Trail in Australia and New Zealand and possibly the southern hemisphere.
It will be 'The Great Australian Rail Trail'.
Come on Queensland, let’s just do it.
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