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					SEQ Regional Recreational Trails Program

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
Ipswich to Blackbutt
Wulkuraka - Fernvale - Lowood - Coominya - Esk - Toogoolawah - Harlin - Moore - Linville Blackbutt
A rail trail for recreational and touring cyclists, horse riders and walkers.
Concept The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail will provide an outstanding 148km regional trail for walking, cycling and horse riding serving both the local and regional communities of SEQ. It builds on the existing Fernvale - Lowood Rail Trail, managed by Esk Shire and the Linville - Blackbutt Rail Trail, managed by Nanango Shire. The route provides opportunities for future recreational links to the Bicentennial National Trail and Brisbane Forest Park. With regular electric City Train services to Wulkuraka and bus services as far north as Toogoolawah, the trail has easy access for potential users, whether rural residents, urban visitors or travelling tourists. The existing range of services, accommodation and facilities in towns along the route will ensure that all types of approved trail users, (cyclists, walkers and horse riders) will be catered for as soon as the trail is opened. Based on well documented rail trail developments in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail will become the premier rural recreational cycling experience in SEQ. Description The route follows the old Brisbane Valley railway line along the western side of the Brisbane River Valley through attractive rural landscapes, native and plantation forests, rural residential and country town settings. When completed, the trail will commence in western Ipswich at the Wulkuraka railway station, providing regular electric train links to Brisbane and beyond. Wulkuraka station will be linked to Central Ipswich by a shared pathway (for cyclists and pedestrians). After passing through suburban Ipswich, forest and rural lands, the trail reaches Fernvale (22km), a well known tourist stop on the Brisbane Valley highway and a focal centre for the recreational horse community. The existing rail trail extends to Lowood (31km) in rural settings. The route north lies through Coominya (43km) before again meeting the Brisbane Valley highway at Esk (66km) where a range of accommodation is available. More accommodation is available in Toogoolawah (85km) and Harlin (100km). 20 kilometres further on, the historic Linville Hotel offers meals and rooms before the long climb up the Balfour Range to cross the Bicentennial National Trail at Commissioners View outside Benarkin (137km), and on to Blackbutt (148km). Community benefits The trail will deliver recreation, social and health benefits to adjacent rural and rural residential communities as well as urban users across the region. It offers high rewards to families, bicycle tourists, mountain bike riders, historical enthusiasts, horse riders and walkers. As well as functioning as a safe connecting ‘spine’ for horse trails along the lower Brisbane Valley, it will also bring focused economic benefits to the communities ‘along the line’. For further information contact the Office of Urban Management on 1800 021 818. Visit the website at www.infrastructure.qld.gov.au

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – on the right track In January 2007 the Queensland Government announced $8.8 million funding over five years to construct three new regional recreation trails in partnership with the Beaudesert, Boonah, Esk, Ipswich, Nanango and Maroochy councils. One of these new trails will be the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Based on the disused Brisbane Valley Railway line, the trail when complete will provide a 148-kilometre multi-use recreational trail from Ipswich to Blackbutt for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Planned for completion in 2012, it will be the longest rail trail in Australia. The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail will follow the old railway line utilising existing government owned rail and road corridors along parts of the western side of the Brisbane River and take users through attractive farming landscapes, native and plantation forests, rural residential and country town settings. A pilot section of the Rail Trail from Linville to Moore will open in November 2007 and will extend the existing 23-kilometre section from Blackbutt to Linville by an additional 7 kilometres. Why is the Government funding recreation trails? Access to quality outdoor recreation areas is important for the physical, social and economic wealth of local communities and to our way of life. Outdoor recreation plays an increasingly important role in improving our health through active recreation. Regional recreation trails are a relatively low cost but effective way to significantly enhance outdoor recreation opportunities for people across the region, particularly for cycling, horse riding and walking. Who will use the rail trail? The main users of regional recreational trails are a varied mix of locals, regional visitors and tourists. Many overseas tourists enjoy the experience of walking and cycling through our wide open spaces. Motorised vehicles will not be permitted to use the rail trail. Who will manage the trail? The Office of Urban Management will oversee the development, management and maintenance of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail in partnership with the Ipswich and Esk councils. The Office of Urban Management will prepare an overall plan to guide this work, which will be known as the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Plan. After the Rail Trail is completed, a special authority will be set up to manage the trail on a permanent basis.

What information will be included in the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Plan? The Plan will provide detailed information on how the trail will be developed, what issues will be addressed in the planning stages and its ongoing management arrangements. Prior to the Plan’s release, however, the following questions and answers provide an insight into some of the issues already being addressed by the Office of Urban Management. What happens to railway bridges or tunnels? Protecting the unique features of the old rail line, including existing bridges and tunnels, is important to retaining the railway’s heritage value. Wherever possible, bridges and tunnels will be retained with necessary safety measures put in place to ensure the safely of rail trail users. How will trail users cross the Brisbane Valley Highway? Although road crossings on the trail will be relatively few and far between, necessary road crossings will be properly designed, marked and signed for both trail and road users. Alternatives to level crossings over the Brisbane Valley Highway are currently being investigated. How will you ensure the privacy and security of property and livestock for land owners adjacent to the trail? Appropriate design of the trail, including adjusting its alignment within the old rail corridor, the planting of screening vegetation, and the careful location of boundary and internal fencing, will be used to protect the privacy and security of adjacent landowners. What if I already cross the old rail corridor to get access to my house or for livestock? Existing legal access across the trail will be taken into account during planning of the rail trail. Other ongoing uses of the corridor will be accommodated wherever possible using fences, gates and signage. How do you keep motorbikes and 4 wheel drive vehicles off the track? Except for maintenance and emergency vehicles, the Rail Trail is not for the use of motorised vehicles. Access control measures such as bollards, locked gates, horse stiles and chicanes will prevent easy access to the rail by private motorised vehicles.

Will there be an increase in vandalism and crime as a result of the trail? Previous experience with rail rails in Australia and overseas has shown that the development of a trail has not caused an increase in crime being reported. “Passive surveillance” by adjacent landowners and legitimate trail users can help to reduce the potential for littering, graffiti, vandalism and crime. Blocking unauthorised vehicle access greatly reduces the chances that thieves or vandals will use the trail. What happens if there is an accident on the rail trail? Emergency vehicles will have full access to the rail trail. An Emergency Response Plan is currently being developed in consultation with local police, fire and emergency services and will be incorporated within the overall Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Plan. Why is the Linville to Moore section the “pilot” section of the trail? This section has been chosen as a pilot because: • • • • • • • it extends an existing section of the trail between Blackbutt and Linville it includes major creek crossings it includes minor road crossings it is relatively short (7 kilometres) it links two country towns along the route it will test construction and management measures for the rest of the trail it will provide a demonstration section which the community can test and provide comment.

How will the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail enhance the local Brisbane Valley economy? The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail will ultimately become a major asset for the local community and provide the Brisbane Valley with a culturally significant and unique tourist and recreation resource. Rail trails tend to attract active and responsible people with an interest in active recreation, history, culture and heritage. The local economy benefits through spending on items such as food, outdoor recreation supplies, local arts and crafts and accommodation. When is all this happening? The entire Brisbane Valley Rail Trail from Ipswich to Blackbutt is scheduled for completion by 2012. The 7-kilometre pilot section between Linville to Moore will open on Sunday 25 November 2007. Other sections of the Rail Trail will be developed in stages as addressed in the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Plan. How can I get involved? Development of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Plan, including public consultation, is being managed by Mike Halliburton and Associates, specialist trails consultancy, on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure and Planning. Information about the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and consultation process will be available online at www.infrastructure.qld.gov.au Public consultation enquiries may also be directed to Mike Halliburton on 07 3411 5563 or 0413 599 057 or via mikehalli@optushome.com.au. Submissions close 31 January 2008, unless otherwise advised. Submissions on the draft Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Plan can be made in writing to: mikehalli@optushome.com.au or 102 Rawlins St, Kangaroo Point Q 4169. The draft Plan will then be available for viewing and comment from Monday 3 December at the following locations: Electoral Office of Wayne Wendt MP Member for Ipswich West Shop 1 Brassall Shopping Centre 68 Hunter Street, Brassall Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm Office of Councillor Cheryl Bromage Shop 38A, Brassall Shopping Centre Hunter Street, Brassall Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm Friday 8.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm Esk Visitor Information Centre 82 Ipswich Street, Esk Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm Saturday Sunday 10am – 3pm Nanango Council Office 69 Heart Street, Blackbutt Monday to Friday 8am – 12pm and 1pm – 4.30pm Fernvale Futures Complex 1483 Brisbane Valley Highway, Fernvale Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm Saturday 9am – 2pm Sunday 8am – 3pm Ipswich Customer Service Centre Ipswich City Square Shop 101 Bell Street, Ipswich Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm


				
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