The first leg of the Pineapple Rail Trail to be opened today
7.05am: THE first leg of the Pineapple Rail Trail will be opened this morning by Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig and State Member for Keppel Bruce Young.
The first leg is 4.5km, starting from the Yeppoon end of the trail, near the Keppel Plaza.
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Friday 2.10pm: DON'T forget to slip, slop, slap before heading to the coast on Sunday for the opening of the Pineapple Rail Trail.
Noon Thursday: AUSTRALIA Day will mark the opening of the Capricorn Coast's Pineapple Rail Trail.
The 4.5 km section of trail is the first stage of a plan which, when finished, will run from the centre of Yeppoon to the golf course and has been constructed to allow for a safe place for people to ride, walk, jog and skate.
In the future it is hoped that this trail will continue another 50km back towards Rockhampton.
The trail is the culmination of eight years of work by the Capricorn Coast Bicycle User Group, local and state government and the community.
Cyclist Jan Boyd has been part of the group working towards seeing the trail come to fruition and is thrilled to see stage one complete.
"People have been using it now for the past few months for walking/riding/running and just strolling with their children and dogs," Jan said.
"The surface and all four bridges are of a high standard to encourage a high level of use."
Jan said she would like to congratulate all the people who have had a part in this journey that started at the old Railway station in 2006.
Mayor Bill Ludwig and Member for Keppel Bruce Young will be on hand to officially open the trail on Sunday at 8am.
Cr Ludwig said he was also pleased to see stage one of the project completed.
"This is a vision project that began with Livingstone Shire and the Bicycle Users Group a number of years ago," he said.
"It was very nearly 'derailed' by amalgamation.
"Fortunately enough, good will prevailed in the end and we now have an outstanding result and a community asset that current and future generations will be able to enjoy."
The trail name was developed on advice from Rail Trails Australia as a rail trail has to have a geographic pointer to help with tourism.
The Pineapple reference comes as the rail line was a primary transport route used by the local pineapple industry.
Pineapple Rail Trail
What: Opening of the Capricorn Coast's Pineapple Rail Trail
When: Sunday, January 26 at 8am
Where: Braithwaite St end of the trail (opposite Keppel Bay Plaza)