Melanie McNeill stands on a section of the railway corridor that runs through her family’s property that would be part of the proposed rail trail.
Melanie McNeill stands on a section of the railway corridor that runs through her family’s property that would be part of the proposed rail trail. Chris Ison

Farmers worry about Rail Trail

THE Yeppoon to Rockhampton Rail Trail runs too close to home for Melanie McNeill.

Melanie is worried her picturesque family property at Cawarral is set for some unwelcome visitors.

For many years, trains would cross a bridge that runs through the property.

While the rail tracks are no longer there, the rail corridor remains, and would be a part of the proposed Yeppoon to Rockhampton Rail Trail; a 46km bicycle and walker-friendly passageway linking the two towns.

Melanie fears her family's piece of paradise and privacy could be taken from them if the trail goes ahead, as the corridor is about 50 metres from the house.

Standing on the corridor yesterday, Melanie said her grandmother, who lives on the property, was concerned for her family's safety, the safety of the users and the maintenance of the track.

The section of track on the 100-year-old family property was about 32km from Yeppoon, and had not been used for more than five years.

Melanie said there were dingoes and cattle on the property and she was worried about the risk to users when she and neighbouring property owners culled predators.

"There are lots of things that need to be taken into consideration," she said.

"We also want clarification of what is going to happen, and who is going to take care of what."

The Morning Bulletin believes Rockhampton Regional Council would be in charge of maintaining the track.

The State Government will fund $1.1 million for the first stage.

Capricorn Coast Bicycle User Group (BUG) president Jan Boyd previously said the users of the trail would be mums and dads and children, as well as older people and tourists.

"It would be just great for any family, to be riding safely and get off the busy roads."



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