Tingoora has the longest surviving wooden railway bridge in the South Burnett; it will be one of a string of wooden bridges on the Kingaroy-Kilkivan Rail Trail if it passes structural tests
SBRC Mayor Wayne Kratzmann
South Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzmann (Photo: SBRC)

December 9, 2015

There may not appear to be much activity on the Kingaroy-Kilkivan Rail Trail at the moment but the project is progressing to plan and local businesses are already benefitting from it, South Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzmann told Wednesday’s Council meeting.

The project’s first milestone report was submitted to the Queensland Government on August 28.

Since that time, the Council has purchased:

  • 140 tonnes of timber bridge materials from a Brigooda sawmill,
  • 394 metres of handrails from a South Burnett engineering business,
  • 2 tonnes of fixings (bolts and related materials) for the bridges from local businesses, and
  • 26 sets (156 frames) of chicanes from a local engineering firm

The SBRC has also hired 10 local participants to help build the Rail Trail through South Burnett CTC under a Community Work Skills Traineeship Program.

The workers will undertake construction work over a period of 18 weeks to achieve a Certificate II in Construction.

The Council will build eight timber bridges between Kingaroy and Barambah Creek.

The bridges will be structurally rated to accommodate service vehicles and will be built by a South Burnett contractor.

Council has also commissioned a structural assessment of Tingoora Bridge, and will build a new bridge across Barambah Creek for rail trail users.

Planting has begun along part of the Rail Trail from Burns Road through to Tingoora to provide shade and cover for users as well as vegetation corridors for wildlife.

The SBRC’s second milestone report is due on February 26.

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