Progress Continues on Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail

Published on 15 November 2018

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A boundary survey of the full Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail corridor and a detailed feature survey of the corridor are on track to be delivered to Council by the end of November.

Snowy Valleys Council Acting Director Assets and Infrastructure Heinz Kausche said he was pleased with the progress of the survey and that progress was on track as planned.

“The physical survey tasks were finished at the end of October and once the full survey documents are delivered work can commence on the trail design,” Mr Kausche said.

Following on from the survey work the next big pieces of planning work are the bridge condition assessment report and the bridge rectification works plan.

“There has been concern in some corners of the local community that the project has stalled, due to a lack of physical evidence of work, but that could not be further from the truth,” Mr Kausche said.

“It’s Council’s responsibility to ensure that the project is well planned and executed to provide the most efficient processes and deliver value for money.

“By ensuring our planning is robust before we start actual work means we won’t be doing things twice.

“Work like clearing of vegetation, for example, is best done at the same time as the trail is built so the job only needs to be done once.

“Government expenditure guidelines also require the development of a project management plan, a cost plan and a project implementation plan so these are all being worked on too”.

The SVC Rail Trail Project Team had a productive meeting recently with Friends of the Rail Trail, the Tumbarumba Historical Society and consultancy group Parklands-Albury Wodonga.

Mr Kausche said that Council’s project team is committed to working closely with the community groups to ensure the project is a success.

Tendering for the bridge condition assessment program is scheduled to be advertised by early December.

The NSW Government has provided $4.9 million to the rail trail from its Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

For more information and to stay up to date with Council’s major projects visit yourvoice.svc.nsw.gov.au

  1. Howard Baylis
    Congratulation to State government, Council and the public who recognize the benefit of well designed rail trails. Bright, Rutherglen, Wangaratta in Vic and Derby In Tasmania are some of the extraordinary successes, despite initial opposition, that have transporformed small towns and regions. The walking and push biking community is very large and affluent, and weekend or mid week rides for retiree groups, families, and individuals and the others cannot be underestimated.
    There is no evidence of regrets following the establishment of a well designed and maintained trail.