November 23, 2017
The Kilkivan-Kingaroy Rail Trail could be extended to Theebine if the Labor Party is re-elected on Saturday.
On Wednesday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a re-elected Palaszczuk Government would commit $14 million over four years to help build walking, cycling and horse-riding trails on disused rail corridors.
The Kilkivan-Theebine section was identified as one of 16 projects the rail trail program would be interested in funding.
“Rail trails support active, healthy lifestyles, contribute to environmental preservation and management and boost active tourism, especially in our regions,” the Premier said.
“My government is committed to tourism jobs in regional Queensland and this initiative shows this commitment will continue into a second term.
“We have an extensive network of disused railway corridors across Queensland and we want to retain them for future transport use.
“That’s why we would encourage local governments to apply for this funding.”
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said a re-elected Palaszczuk Government would partner with local councils to develop rail trails in their communities.
“Councils will be able to use the funding to plan, design and construct rail trails,” Mr Bailey said.
“Queensland is enjoying a tourism boom and this program will attract more active tourists and allow them to enjoy our beautiful climate and pristine landscapes.”
Mr Bailey said the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) was a great example of how a disused rail corridor had been transformed for the community.
“The Palaszczuk Government has been a strong supporter of the development of the BVRT over many years,” Mr Bailey said.
“We’ve previously allocated $1.8 million dollars to contribute to the construction of the final section of the trail between Toogoolawah and Moore.
“When completed, it will stretch about 160km between Yarraman and Wulkuraka in south-east Queensland.
“The trail is already attracting significant numbers of visitors, events and, importantly, tourism dollars for communities along the route.”
At the official opening of the Kilkivan-Kingaroy Rail Trail on September 25, Gympie Mayor Mick Curran told southburnett.com.au he was open to the idea of pushing the rail trail to Theebine.
If the project proceeded, it would expand the existing trail from 88km to more than 140km in length.