A year-long effort to seal the South Burnett Rail Trail between Kingaroy and Murgon has now come to an end.
Cr Ros Heit announced on Friday that the final section of the trail between Barambah Creek and Murgon has been finished.
While some chicanes and signage still need to be installed, trail users will now be able to walk, run or cycle the full 42km on a sealed surface.
The completion of the trail has come several weeks earlier than expected.
In early June when the trail was sealed between Wondai and Barambah Creek, it was expected the final stretch to Murgon would not be finished until the end of July.
But completion of the sealing has come just in time for a Fun Ride between Wondai and Murgon that will be held as part of Saturday’s Wondai Country Festival.
Cr Heit thanked the workers who’ve been labouring on the project – on and off – for more than a year.
Rail Trail sealing work began last June, but was delayed soon afterwards by unseasonal winter rainfall.
It was then further delayed by the need to excuse the sealing contractor from the project for several months earlier this year so they could assist with Swickers’ reconstruction efforts.
The completion of the trail means the South Burnett is now the only region in Queensland that is home to two rail trails.
The South Burnett Regional Council operates the Blackbutt to Linville section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, as well as the South Burnett Rail Trail between Kingaroy and Murgon.
Gympie Regional Council will control its own Rail Trail between the South Burnett’s borders and Kilkivan; that portion of the trail is currently under construction.
The South Burnett Rail Trail is expected to be officially opened on the October long weekend.
But for all practical purposes, the Rail Trail can now be used by residents and visitors providing they observe precautions at road crossings until the final chicanes are in place.