WATER VIEWS: The section of track alongside Awoonga Dam earmarked for development.
WATER VIEWS: The section of track alongside Awoonga Dam earmarked for development.

Boyne Valley trail development on track

THE members of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail have received two very good pieces of news with regards to keeping up the momentum to make the trail a reality.

Rail Trail committee president Mark McLachlan said the Gladstone Area Water Board had proposed the development of a three and a half kilometre stretch of the trail heading south from the Boynedale Bush Camp.

"A multi-use trail will be designed for use by walkers, cyclists and horse riders,” he said.

"This particular section of the trail also runs alongside Lake Awoonga and takes in stunning lake views and an abundance of bird life.”

Mr McLachlan was also delighted with the news that 51 of the old rail bridges along the line will be retained for future use.

"The Queensland Government through the Department of Transport and Main Roads has confirmed the bridges are there to stay,” he said.

"We're hoping to sit down with the ministers from relevant departments and local government mayors in the new year to talk about a funding model that will work for some of the less populated shire councils.

"They have big areas of responsibility, but small populations and extremely limited funds.''

The next meeting of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail will be held at the Colonial Motor Inn at Monto from 10am on February 8. Visit the Facebook page or boyneburnettinland railtrail.org.au


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