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                                                                                                                                                               Rail Trail takes shape
                                                                                                                                                               THE Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail is taking shape
                                                                                                                                                               and while some months off yet, everyone involved is getting
                                                                                                                                                               excited about the opening. These photos below show some
                                                                                                                                                               of the more recent works including the compacted limestone
                                                                                                                                                               gravel surface and fencing works.
                                                                                                                                                                 Major Projects Coordinator Daryl Niddrie said some of
                                                                                                                                                               the work to be done over winter includes the installation of
                                                                                                                                                               chicanes (wooden barriers at entrances to stop cars entering
                                                                                                                                                               and for safety at road crossings) and design work on the
                                                                                                                                                               underpass under the Princes Highway at Illowa. Mr Niddrie
                                                                                                                                                               said bridge work, signage and fencing along the trail would
                                                                                                                                                               continue depending on weather conditions.

Above: Major Projects Coordinator Daryl Niddrie is warning cars to keep off the Rail Trail.

Cars on Rail
                                                                              finished earlier this year with works on some of the bridges, chicanes,
                                                                              signage and fencing that will complete the facility to be installed in the
                                                                              coming months. Once installed, signs will alert the public to the Rail

Trail causing                                                                 Trail Code of Conduct that details permitted uses and activities that are
                                                                              not allowed.
                                                                                Mr Stonestreet said it was disappointing to hear that cars have been

concern                                                                       seen using the trail.
                                                                                “The trail is not designed for vehicles of any description and they will
                                                                              cause damage to the compacted limestone path if they use it,” he said.

M       OYNE Shire Council has issued a “keep off” warning after cars
        have been seen using the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail
between Port Fairy and Illowa.
                                                                                “But that is not the main issue – it is incredibly dangerous for
                                                                              vehicles to be sharing a trail with pedestrians and cyclists, for whom
                                                                              the trail is designed for.”
  Moyne CEO Brett Stonestreet said the Rail Trail was not designed for          Mr Stonestreet said the trail entrances between Port Fairy and Illowa
cars and driving on the trail was definitely not allowed.                     had been barricaded to prevent vehicle access but the barriers have
  Mr Stonestreet said that while the Rail Trail is yet to be finished or      been regularly pulled down.
officially opened, walkers and push bike riders were welcome to use             He said the Council was working on ways to ensure cars could not
the pathway in sections that have been completed, but cautioned               enter the trail, including permanent chicanes at all trail entrances to
users to take care at all road crossings.                                     prevent unauthorised vehicle access, with these due to be installed by
  Construction of the pathway between Port Fairy and Illowa was               September at the latest.

  Rail Trail Committee of Management continues
  its hard work
  T   HE Rail Trail Committee of Management (RTCoM) is continuing its
      input into the project by meeting regularly during the construction
                                                                               Mr Niddrie said the RTCoM has been contributing towards the
                                                                             planning and construction phase with its full role beginning once
                                                                             construction is finished when it will take over the management of
    Several new members recently joined the RTCoM and Moyne Shire            the corridor between Port Fairy and Illowa. The RTCoM will have an
  Council welcomed them aboard, thanking them for their commitment           ongoing role, dealing with issues such as weed control, fencing, and
  at a recent meeting in early June.                                         the maintenance and promotion of the corridor.
                                                                                                                                                           Major Projects Coordinator
    Moyne Major Projects Coordinator Daryl Niddrie said a project with         Mr Niddrie said the committee had been providing input during the           Daryl Niddrie
  the significance of the Rail Trail is made possible through partnerships   planning and construction phase to ensure the Rail Trail was as low
  and strategic alliances between local government, supporting bodies        maintenance as possible thereby ensuring it is more sustainable.
  and the RTCoM.
    “The committee is made up of 10 volunteers who are passionate
                                                                               The Rail Trail Committee of Management is made up of Linda
                                                                             Haynes, Heaton Jarrad, Ian Bodycoat, Pat Hockey, Bev Dowdell,
                                                                                                                                                           M      AJOR Projects Coordinator Daryl Niddrie (pictured with
                                                                                                                                                                  the main story on this page) is overseeing the construction
                                                                                                                                                           of the Rail Trail. Mr Niddrie can be contacted at Moyne Shire
  about providing this new recreational facility for the whole community     Stuart Pyers, Ashley Bishop, David Farrelly, Richard Zerbe and Paul
                                                                                                                                                           Council’s Port Fairy office on 5568 0555 or 1300 656 564 for the
  and ensuring it is a sustainable and well-used trail,” he said.            Lenehan, with Phil Marney.
                                                                                                                                                           cost of a local call.

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