Funding to make rail trail longest in Australia
THE South Burnett will be part of the longest rail trail in Australia.
The State Government announced it would provide funds to finish the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, which goes through Yarraman and Blackbutt in the South Burnett.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad announced funding was allocated for the two incomplete sections of the trail.
When construction is finished this will bring the length of the trail to 160km.
This would trump the current longest rail trail, the Great Victorian Rail Trail which is 134km.
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Group spokesperson Paul Heymans said the completed trail would be a major tourism boost for the area.
"All tourism operators will benefit if they are in reach of the rail trail," Mr Heymans said.
"This will greatly increase the traffic that comes to the area."
The trail currently runs from Wulkuraka at Ipswich to Blackbutt and Yarraman, on the route that was once the Brisbane Valley Railway Line.
The trail was left incomplete in two sections, shortening the continuous run of the trail.
"The fact that people can't do the whole rail trail is a real detriment," Mr Heymans said.
The announcement was the end of a long running campaign for his group that has been lobbying the government to complete the trail.
"This has been the culmination of 18 months of work," he said.