Advocate pleads case to council
RACHAEL Grace takes no time getting up to speed when she's spruiking for Rockhampton Regional Council to embrace the rail trail idea.
Ms Grace told councillors this week the trail could be developed in stages and that various funding options would be available if the council was committed to the project.
"Don't see it as a liability, but as an opportunity and a future asset," she pleaded.
She said rail trails throughout Australia and New Zealand attracted tens of thousands of visitors each year and the old line through Cawarral and Mt Chalmers could provide a great opportunity for tour organisers, cycle hire businesses, hotels and camp sites.
"We have great scenery to offer and great countryside to go through. It would be a great day out for families," she said.
"A rail trail is ideal for promoting a healthy lifestyle. It would be an easy route for cycling, walking and horse riding that would be safe and eco-friendly.
"Cycling is the new golf.
"It's one of the fastest growing leisure activities.
"Build it, and people will come."