The Queensland Government has removed funding from the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, a project to convert the abandoned railway from Wulkuraka, west of Ipswich to Yarraman, some 115 km to the northwest.
The trail brings thousands of tourists to the area every year, and was due for completion in 2012. While a number of sections of the trail area already completed, all maintenance and consideration for further facilities have been stopped.
Scrapping the Rail Trail
In 2007 the Queensland Government provided $8.8 million over 5 years to build three new rail trails, but Rail Trails Australia report that the South East Queensland Regional Plan and Active Trails program have been "cancelled", resulting in no further state government funding for projects such as this.
Local volunteers have stepped in to help maintain the trail and lobby the government for funding, but Sean Choat, the member for Ipswich West isn't convinced.
“We've got a lot of things that are nice to have at the moment, but with the debt situation we can't afford them all. Unfortunately the rail trail is something we can't afford at the moment."
The future of the Brisbane Valley Trail
Local and state representatives have expressed interest at keeping the attraction open, but thus far nobody is prepared to actively fund the project. The Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning have committed to supporting a trail ranger to coordinate and carry out maintenance and for now the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail remains open, but the future of the trail has not yet been decided.
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For those of you not aware, the government wants to scrap the planned cycleway from Richlands to Springfield, instead opting for an extra lane of motor traffic.
This link would extend the current bikeway along the western freeway all the way to Springfield, which would link the newer development with nearby suburbs and allow safe cycling most of the way to the city on dedicated infrastructure.
Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the need to retain plans for a safe bicycle path alongside the highway from Richlands to Springfield, linked to the existing Centenary Bikeway.
A recent study found that cycling is actually the safer form of transport for young men between the ages of 17 and 20.
We found that for young male cyclists between 17 and 20 years of age, cycling was markedly safer than travelling by car.
Dr Mindell said: "This research dispels the idea that risk for UK cyclists is substantially higher than for drivers or pedestrians, and hopefully will encourage more people to take up something which is not only good for health, but also the environment.
Good news, everybody! You can now merge your CityCycle card with your Go Card, so you only have to carry around the one.
JCDecaux, with the support of Brisbane City Council and Translink, is happy to announce that CityCycle is now “go card friendly”! Once you have linked your go card to your CityCycle account, you can travel seamlessly around Brisbane by bus, train, ferry or CityCycle using your go card!
We just (belatedly) updated the CityCycle stations on the Briscycle Map.
We also put out an update to bring a distance scale to the map which is a feature a couple of people have asked about now. Things should also be smoother on mobile with the latest update.
Leave a comment and let us know what you think of the changes.