A scenic mecca for adventure tourists on rail trail
CAMPAIGNS to link up the missing sections of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail are now being echoed in the South Burnett.
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail boasts a 148km recreation trail from Wulkuraka near Ipswich to Blackbutt and has been called a magnet for adventure tourists wanting to walk, cycle or ride the track on horseback.
South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said the finished track would be a massive value add for the area.
"Our section of the trail has already been of immense benefit," Cr Kratzmann said.
"You only really have to look at Blackbutt to see there has been huge economic benefit from the trail."
Cr Kratzmann said the rail trail was a unique asset and should be furthered to its full potential.
"It's a marvellous and really wonderful low cost way of being able to support a healthy recreational way of life," he said.
Neither of the two incomplete sections of the trail fell within the South Burnett so Cr Kratzmann said there was little he could do.
"It's not in our region, but we will certainly still see the benefits to its completion," he said.
He said the finished track would be a mecca for adventure tourists.
"The South Burnett is so opportune, it's just a couple of hours from Brisbane," he said.
"The numbers of people who use our section of the track is already quite staggering."
He said the completion of the track relied on funding from the State Government.
"They decided to pull up the rail lines so it's their responsibility to give funding to complete it," he said.
"There's more and more demand for the state to spend some more money so I think we just keep knocking on the door."
He said there was not much the South Burnett Regional Council could do, but fully supported the campaign to finish the track.