Rail plan hits track running
IT HAS been bicycle fan Jan Boyd's passion project for more than four years and it looks like the hard work is about to pay off.
The proposed Yeppoon to Rockhampton Rail Trail made new ground last night as Rail Trail president Damian McCrohan gave a presentation in Yeppoon, which he hoped would "open people's eyes" to the benefits of the project.
"The Rail Trail will definitely benefit the community. Not only will it be great for the people of the region to use, but it will also encourage more tourism to the area," Mr McCrohan said.
"I've been looking over the proposed trail and I have to say it's very scenic.
"I'm positive this will become a major attraction for the region."
Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan has also been a strong supporter for the trail, securing $1.1 million from the state budget to fund the first stage.
"It's been my dream to get this ever since the rail closed. This will be a really great use of that land which would otherwise be unused," Mr Hoolihan said.
The first stage of the trail will run from Braithwaite St in Yeppoon to the Yeppoon Golf Course and is expected to be completed sometime this year.
"The next stage will connect Cawarral and the following stages will see the trail continue into Rockhampton, connecting Berserker," Mr Hoolihan said.
"We are aiming to have the entire project completed in around five years, but our main aim is to get it done right."
Ms Boyd, president of the Bicycle User Group, said: "It'll be great for walking and riding enthusiasts to have a facility like this available to them."
"This is going to be a huge community asset that will address a number of issues, such as fitness and sustainable transport.
"So it's a very positive thing for everyone."