Rail Trail Construction Phase on Target for April

Published on 12 February 2019

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Construction phase of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail is on target to commence at the end of March 2019.

Snowy Valleys Council’s Mayor Cr James Hayes said he was pleased with the planning progress and the joint working relationship between Council staff and local community groups.

“Community ownership of this project is a very important aspect of a successful delivery and it is gratifying to see the input and commitment from community groups like the Friends of the Rail Trail and the Tumbarumba Historical Society making such a positive impact on the project,” Cr Hayes said.

“Member for Albury, Greg Aplin and I met up with members of the rail trail working group today for a review of the draft designs and discussions on the program of works to be undertaken.

“We also had a very interesting history lesson on the old Tumbarumba Station Crew Barracks which has been relocated to the site and is being fixed up by the community to be used as a museum”.

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said he was delighted with the community’s enthusiasm for the project.

“This will be a great community asset for locals and visitors alike and will help grow tourism in the region,” he said.

“I look forward to seeing it start to take shape as construction gets underway in the coming months”.

Council’s Acting Director Assets and Infrastructure Heinz Kausche said work on developing the detailed designs for the trail were nearing completion and the bridge assessment was currently underway and due to be finished in early March.

“A detailed survey of the corridor and trail alignment as well as pegging of the full corridor is also almost completed,” Mr Kausche said

“Next we will be undertaking a detailed assessment of the track and all its features which will be in the form of a physical walk along the proposed track with a group of stakeholders.

“The assessment will cover all manner of items including fencing, bridges, flora, fauna, any existing obstacles, potential culvert replacement and prospective strategies for landholder access”.

The rail trail from Tumbarumba to Rosewood will be the first for NSW and is a significant economic and tourism project for Snowy Valleys Council delivering a vibrant, revitalized corridor for walking and cycling in the region.

Approximately 22km in length, the Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail will run through a non-operational railway corridor between Albury Street, Tumbarumba and McEachern Lane, Rosewood.

Funding of $5,700,000 for the project has been provided under the State Government’s Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure fund and Round Two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities grants.

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