July 25, 2015
Work on the first stage of the Kingaroy-Kilkivan Rail Trail is expected to start within two weeks.
South Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzmann made the announcement on Saturday morning at the unveiling of the Charlotte The Emu memorial statue in Wondai’s Coronation Park.
The new Rail Trail will be built in sections, the Mayor said, and the first section would run between Wondai and Wooroolin.
Work should begin within a fortnight, weather permitting.
The Mayor said the Rail Trail would complement work already undertaken on Wondai’s Village Green, which was upgraded with lighting and power outlets earlier this week.
Later the Mayor told southburnett.com.au the Wondai-Wooroolin section had been chosen to kick off the project for three reasons:
- it was relatively easy to upgrade to a Rail Trail
- it would provide benefits to Wooroolin, Tingoora and Wondai, which were all natural places for users to get on or off the Trail
- it had high visibility from the Bunya Highway, which would help advertise the Trail’s existence to passing motorists
However – because the section lies close to the Tick Line – animals would not be permitted on it.
This restriction is not expected to apply to the future Kingaroy-Wooroolin or Murgon-Kilkivan sections, which are entirely within Ticky or Tick-Free areas.
The project would include upgrading Tingoora’s historic railway bridge to accomodate pedestrians.
The Mayor said he hopes the section will be open to the public before the end of this year.
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