Robin Harrison, Binna Burra
I can’t begin to tell you how much I would like to see a rail trail. I ride an electric bike and our roads are not designed for bikes. Having a car-free transport corridor running through the middle of our Shire would be ideal, and I’m sure the upsurge in electric bikes etc for local transport would be huge, not to mention the massive tourism potential.
That said, I’m not a fan of ripping out the rails. That would end the possibility of trains, and that’s not a good idea. We can certainly have both trains and trail but we don’t have to do it all at once, which would be prohibitively expensive.
Instead, the rails could be used to facilitate the trail until they’re needed for trains. A filler between the rails could be relatively simple, readily removable and only needed where there isn’t room beside the track for a trail, e.g. bridges. If and when we get trains back, the trail will have proved itself enough to get its own bridges etc.
A rail and trail transport corridor through the middle of our Shire is a huge opportunity on so many levels, it boggles the mind that we haven’t taken advantage of it in all these years since they took our trains. Perhaps there are those who have a vested interest in it not happening?