Feasibility Study Released

The study is a positive document and recommends developing three sections of the corridor.

This is a great result for Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Inc. We have come so far in fifteen months, much further than we could have hoped for.

The original scope of the study was changed

The original scope was between Reids Creek and Taragoola. The interim report (received 2 November 2018) recommended three smaller trails and that these be further investigated for the Feasibility Study. These trails were: The Awoonga Lake Rail Trail, The Kalpower Tunnels Rail Trail and The Burnett River Bridge Rail Trail.

Gladstone Regional Council

met yesterday (19th March) to review the feasibility study into the Rail Trail

While Councillors had questions which still need to be answered, they all spoke in favour of the project. The following resolution was carried.

That Council

  1. Note the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Feasibility Study, March 2019 prepared by Mike Halliburton Associates
  2. Allocate sufficient staff and budget resources in the 2019/2020 Operational Plan to continue with items 3 through to 7 below.
  3. Undertakes Community engagement with the broader community, adjoining landholders and key stakeholders.
  4. Applies for 100% funding from DTMR for a detailed design development plan for both sections as recommended within the Gladstone Region.
  5. Negotiate with DTMR/GAWB/BBIRT in relation to undertaking the on-going maintenance and ownership.
  6. Seek commitment from GAWB in relation to development of the Rail trail on their land.
  7. Advocate for external funding.

North Burnett Regional Council

met today (20th March) to consider the study. The following Six Point Resolution was carried.

That Council

  1. Receive the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Final Report and forward the report findings to the Community; and
  2. Reiterate that Council is not in a position to fund any potential capital and maintenance cost as identified in the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trial Report ; and
  3. Acknowledge that Council will act as a channel for community groups to access the Queensland Cycling Action Plan and Program Funding after evidence is provided that the Community has secured financial support, and has a detailed management plan, sustainability statement and maintenance plan; and
  4. Support community groups to enter into an agreement with Department of Transport and Main Roads for the Rail Corridor directly; and
  5. Support community consultation initiatives (in a support role, not a lead role)
  6. Contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads to request information on current unused rail maintenance programs, and to advocate for 100% funding for trail development and maintenance for any future completed projects

The full report can be downloaded by clicking here

4 Replies to “Feasibility Study Released”

  1. This has been a very long journey, and at times very frustrating.
    It is good now to see some positives for a change.
    Looking forward to exciting times with fantastic progress!

  2. Thank You Owen, Mark, Community Groups, Individuals, DTMR, Regional Bodies and all involved for your Visionary and Strategic Planning.
    Our future generations will surely be most appreciative.
    Hard yards ahead, but lets enjoy the journey!!

  3. The trail locations make sense, and it would be great to ride these one day. I hope that the whole length of the corridor, from Calliope to Maryborough, is preserved for future use. I understand it’s not feasible this decade, but in perhaps 50 years time, an extended BBIRT might form part of an extended trail from Ipswich to Gladstone. If the corridor is not preserved, it’s lost, as other old rail corridors like Woodford to Kilcoy have been.

    1. Owen, you raise a couple of important points. TMR will retain ownership of the corridor and important structures such as bridges already earmarked for preservation, in those parts of the corridor not yet being developed, will be retained.

      TMR has indicated it will provide funding each year for maintenance of these assetts.

      The success of the first three trails will surely lead to the rest of the trail being developed over time.

      There is nothing to stop local communities working to develop further sections of the trail in their vicinity.

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