New rail trail for Bundaberg region with $19 million funding for first half

 

News article: New rail trail for Bundaberg region with $19 million funding for first half

The announcement of a new rail trail for the Bundaberg region has thrilled cyclists, but they say the news is bittersweet as the project's biggest advocate hasn't lived to see it.

  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
$19m for a dirt track that will deliver few benefits to the economy geez.

New rail trail for Bundaberg region with $19 million funding for first half

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  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
$19m for a dirt track that will deliver few benefits to the economy geez.

New rail trail for Bundaberg region with $19 million funding for first half
"freightgate"


Asides from all the people visiting for day trips to ride the trail.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
$19m for a dirt track that will deliver few benefits to the economy geez.

New rail trail for Bundaberg region with $19 million funding for first half


Asides from all the people visiting for day trips to ride the trail.
speedemon08

With the increasing popularity of E-bikes and a slow realisation that being sedentary and sitting in cars to get everywhere leads to obesity, bodily inflexibility, diabetes, heart disease and an early death. Rail trails as a part of a holiday, especially but not exclusively when connected to the passenger rail network will see a definite uptake in usage going forward.

The popularity of rail trails in Victoria is testament to this.

From what has been mentioned, the former railway was abandoned years ago. Moreover as has been the case in Victoria, the government retains the corridor should the necessity emerge to reinstate the railway.


Mike.
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
$19m for a dirt track that will deliver few benefits to the economy geez.

New rail trail for Bundaberg region with $19 million funding for first half


Asides from all the people visiting for day trips to ride the trail.

With the increasing popularity of E-bikes and a slow realisation that being sedentary and sitting in cars to get everywhere leads to obesity, bodily inflexibility, diabetes, heart disease and an early death. Rail trails as a part of a holiday, especially but not exclusively when connected to the passenger rail network will see a definite uptake in usage going forward.

The popularity of rail trails in Victoria is testament to this.

From what has been mentioned, the former railway was abandoned years ago. Moreover as has been the case in Victoria, the government retains the corridor should the necessity emerge to reinstate the railway.


Mike.
The Vinelander
I agree Mike.

In the past I thought rail trails were a waste of time. However in retrospect and meeting people that are travelling around specifically to ride on rail trails and mountain bike trails, I now get it.

Let's be honest here, the Gin Gin corridor will never reopen as it was. The best outcome would be people using it for agricultural purposes and the general population would not have access to the historical corridor.

With a rail trail the public can ride along the historical corridor and if curated properly with good artifacts and signage can provide a linkage to people of today of the local history.

The release of e-bikes make these trails more viable to explore for longer distances.

i use to think e-bikes were like what my 88 year old dad uses, ie a full on electric motor driving the bike. I now know about e-bikes that power the pedal once a certain cadence is achieved, so still providing a form of exercise.

My view on these have changed.

The only thing is that this does smack there is an election coming up and hence funding is being made available. However that is no different to everything else related to government including public transport.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
I agree entirely that this decision is election driven. Nevertheless the aim is to increase tourism like as has occurred along the former Brisbane Valley branch. Bundaberg swung wildly ...like 23% if I recall, away from Campbell Newman a few elections back and Annastacia would not have a short memory.

Going back in time, I'm kicking myself that in the 1980's I didn't suffer the depredations of travelling overnight on a mixed goods in these parts, however the bright side of missing out on listening to the rhythm of un-welded rails and rattling along at 50Km/h in the dead of night will be a better interaction with the towns one will travel through on the bike and seeing it all in daylight at ones leisure.

One does not have to restrict oneself to 'home' when it's just as easy to work from anywhere...I'm ra-ra about electric bikes and one can still exercise whilst assisting the electric motor whilst simultaneously extending the battery range. The other thing is, that people who work in offices all day, such as myself pre COVID-19 and are now working from home, can take the laptop or other portable device with them, extend their recreation leave by working a few days a week whilst enjoying travelling along a trail and stop at a nice spot, check in to a pub and work for a few days as well.

Ticks every box... work, exercise and supporting the local communities along the trail...what's not to like about rail trails Question

Mike.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I'd like to see the detailed costing to understand why the figure is $19 million. At first sight it looks absurd.
  justarider Deputy Commissioner

Location: Bored at home
Mike, you've made my day.

The sight of you on the bike, stand up, madly peddling to keep the laptop going.

cheers
John
  DCook Chief Train Controller

Location: The standard state
At least this one has common sense unlike most of the ones here in NSW which are being built along corridors with proposals for reopening
Several examples that come to mind are the Cooma line, the Blayney to Harden line, the Murwillumbah line and the Main North from Armidale
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Mike, you've made my day.

The sight of you on the bike, stand up, madly peddling to keep the laptop going.

cheers
John
justarider



I'm certain part of the expense of the rail trail will be making the bridge fit for purpose and the probable lifting of the old track bed for starters.

Idea I think the laptop will get its workout with a beer or local white at the pub... Smile

With Ballan enduring snow showers right now and currently 2.5c with the Antarctic blast..the Queensland rail trails in what passes for their winter are looking very attractive for next year...

Mike.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

At least this one has common sense unlike most of the ones here in NSW which are being built along corridors with proposals for reopening
Several examples that come to mind are the Cooma line, the Blayney to Harden line, the Murwillumbah line and the Main North from Armidale
DCook

None of those have any proposals for being re opened for main line use. Only plans are for local museum use and rail enthusiasts wet dreams only.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
At least this one has common sense unlike most of the ones here in NSW which are being built along corridors with proposals for reopening
Several examples that come to mind are the Cooma line, the Blayney to Harden line, the Murwillumbah line and the Main North from Armidale
DCook
You will find the reopening proposals are nothing but pie In the sky, put together by groups online who oppose the development of a rail trail, but have no Government department backing what so ever.

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