An article on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail from the Northern Star newspaper on 2nd April 2018:
The North Rivers Rail Trail website has been revamped, and includes some Case Studies written by Arianne Reis, Southern Cross University, NSW AU showing the economic benefits of rail trails in New Zealand, Australia and America. The Case Studies mention the 22 “Great Rides” of New Zealand, the more than 100 rail trails around Australia, and the “widest and longest web of rail trails in the world, with more than 14,000 rail trails” in the United States.
For rail trail groups looking for inspiration or the general public checking on the rail trail’s progress, it’s well worth taking a look at the Northrn Rivers Rail Trail website.
With some great images if the viaduct in Manilla from the Leaders photographer, Gareth Gardner.
The NSW Upper House passed amendments almost unanimously (35 FOR and only 2 against) to the ‘TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATION AMENDMENT (CLOSURE OF RAILWAY LINE BETWEEN ROSEWOOD AND TUMBARUMBA) BILL 2017’
The amendment was moved by the Hon. Mick Veitch MLC, a consistent advocate for rail trails in our state. It gained great support not only within the Labor Party but across the political spectrum.
We thank the Labor Party, Mick Veitch, Jodi McKay and Penny Sharpe for this important amendment which gets the process RIGHT for this and future rail trails, ensuring these valuable routes are retained in public ownership for generations to come. See the attached press release.
This outcome will restore the faith of many Rail Trail supporters around the State in our Parliamentary system. It demonstrates that multiple parties can deliver outcomes that will benefit the people of regional NSW and thus all the citizens of NSW.
Rail Trails for NSW also thanks the local member for Albury, Mr Greg Aplin (Lib) for his great support and work in helping bring the Tumba rail trail so close to fruition. We also thank the Government of NSW, for initiating and backing the pilot rail trail process. There have been many Government members, both Liberal and National Party, who’ve worked to bring it this far, including former Deputy Premier Stoner, current Deputy Premier Barilaro, Minister Constance and former Transport Minister now Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Special thanks to the former member for Ballina, Don Page.
Rail Trails must also acknowledge and thank The Christian Democrats, who have been consistent yet quiet achievers. Their practical advice, good counsel and assistance has been most appreciated and been a great help in bringing about this great outcome for the people of NSW.
We must also acknowledge and give great thanks to the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail team, their local council and all their supporters in and around the Tumbarumba district.
This is their success and it is no ‘overnight’ event. Several of the the Tumba to Rosewood team have been working to bring the rail trail into reality for almost 14 years! Congratulations.
And thank you dear supporter of NSW rail trails. There is still a long way to go and you can still help mightily,
by ensuring the Tumba to Rosewood rail trail is a great success and
by being active supporters of your local rail trail team wherever it is around this large and beautiful state.
A government bill to close the disused rail line between Tumbarumba – Rosewood has been introduced in to the NSW parliament – by Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. A high number of parliamentarians spoke to the bill and favourably to the development of Rail Trails in NSW. The Legislative Review Committee process has indicated some wording amendment would provide greater certainty as to closure of the line for it future purpose as a public rail trail. Rail Trails for NSW hope this view will be attended to in the upper house deliberations.
“I remember a butcher, a baker, a general store, two pubs, two hotels, two garages, two schools, and a preschool,” the
47-year-old said. “It used to be a saying: ‘Nobody could come through Nimmitabel and not have a beer.’ ” The once-bustling logging railroad, which stretches 214km from Queanbeyan, ACT, to Bombala in southern NSW, is now rusted and overgrown, but in Mr Jardine’s eyes it’s the pathway to restoring at least five country towns to their former glory. He’s working to have it converted into a scenic bike trail, as Victoria has successfully done with several of its disused
railways. “It’s a no-brainer. It would be one of the longest rail trails in Australia,” he said. “The scenery it goes through is
unreal (and) it would start at a capital city with an international airport.” Mr Jardine is part of the Monaro Rail Trail committee, which is pushing to have a feasibility study done into the project. “It would go through Michelago, Bredbo, Cooma, Nimmitabel and Bombala,” he said. “And by our rough calculations, it would put $15 million into these towns every year.” Each cyclist — Baby Boomers, he hopes — will spend roughly $200 a day in the towns on a trip that would take five days. “At $1000 each trip, with a conservative estimate of 15,000 people per year, it’s a no brainer.” Mr Jardine and several others, all avid cyclists, have been working on the project for about 18 months and have so far encountered resistance from some local landholders, state member and Deputy Premier John Barilaro, and the administrator of the newly amalgamated Snowy-Monaro Regional Council, Dean Lynch. “At the moment, we just want the feasibility study, which we think would cost about $50,000,” he said. “Victoria has opened dozens of these trails, and thousands of people travel there to ride them. “I didn’t see a feasibility study on the amalgamations, the greyhounds or the lockout laws. “These people made all these decisions to end things in a heartbeat, but they can’t make a decision that would actually create something for the community.” Mr Barilaro said the NSW government is taking a “measured approach” to rail trails, and “any decision to convert a rail corridor will be made with thorough community consultation to make sure we get it right.” The local federal MP, Labor’s Mike Kelly, supports the project and said it would help address underemployment issues in the community.
Source: The Australian, 20th January 2017.
In the Daily Advertiser there is a poll for people to vote and show support for Rail Trails in the Riverina and good news it so far people supporting the rails trails (or saying they would use it) 65% to 34%. If you are interested in showing your support for Rail Trails, click this link to the Daily Advertiser. The poll is at the bottom of the article.