Interested people from Michelago, Bredbo, Cooma, Nimmitabel and Bombala met at a rail trails workshop held in Nimmitabel on July 25th 2015. They were joined by members of Rail Trails for NSW who are advocating for the development of Rail Trails on disused government lines – adding to the rural visitor economy and increasing amenities in the rural towns. Attendees were able understand key steps to start with such as having a feasibility study undertaken, and to learn from other rail trail teams in southern NSW who have completed detailed design documentation or in the process of having their feasibility study undertaken.
Site visits to sections of the disused line were arranged including to the Colinton tunnel; to Chakola, to the old buildings of the Nimmitabel meatworks, as well as to each of the station buildings along the routes. For Rail Trails NSW it was a great opportunity to hear and see firsthand what might be specific opportunities and issues on a rail trail in the Monaro district, including stunning rural vistas; towns with their own individual flavour; railway heritage; weed management and fencing.