BIG BENEFIT: Proston business owner Anita Blanch believes the proposed trail would provide economic and social benefits to the town.
BIG BENEFIT: Proston business owner Anita Blanch believes the proposed trail would provide economic and social benefits to the town. Jessica McGrath

Proposed rail trail to reinvent Proston

THE South Burnett Regional Council will vote to decide if the Murgon to Proston Rail Trail feasibility study will go ahead at the council meeting next week.

Stakeholders met in Proston on January 8 to discuss the rail trail feasibility study and gather support for it.

Proston resident Anita Blanch was among the 60 people who attended the meeting and supports the trail not only for the economic benefit to the town but also for the improved quality of life it will provide to residents.

"The economic opportunities from the rail trail coming to town would help our town so much because at the moment the town is really struggling to keep going,” she said.

"We need something to bring outside people in to stimulate the economy and keep the businesses here.”

As the owner of two businesses in town - NB Inspirations and Jacaranda Tearooms - Mrs Blanch ensures she employs young local residents and is excited about the opportunities the trail would present to them.

"If we give someone a job they will be able to stay here, buy a house and raise a family, but it is hard to do that if there is no incentive to keep them here,” she said.

"The staff are excited because it will give them something to do on the weekend.

"It will not only be an economic benefit but it will give the people we are trying to keep a reason to stay.”

While tourists have to travel through the town to get to Boondooma Dam, Mrs Blanch said the dam was not a tourist attraction for Proston, being 20km out of town.

"At the moment we don't have any particular tourist attraction and the trail would be first major attraction to bring people to Proston,” she said.

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